Well, as Labor Day weekend approached, we decided we had to get in at least one more camping trip, even if we were kind of too busy. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a real live volcano is easy driving distance, but we are, so that's where we headed. Max was completely thrilled to hear that Mt. St. Helens was a real volcano, especially once we assured him it wouldn't explode while we were there.
|Packing for adventure. Max chose books, card games, a xylophone, and a bucket of diggers.|
Next up was the Forest Learning Center. Max loved this place. It has free admission, wonderful views, excellent learning exhibits, a playground, and a small gift shop. We spent several hours here and I learned an awful lot I never knew about the 1980 eruption and the forest recovery since then. Max was practically entranced at parts.
|Max getting ready to come down the volcano slide right on Dad's head.|
|Learning about pumice rock. It floats!|
|Some of the amazing exhibits at the Forest Learning Center.|
|This was one of his favorites - pretending to fly a helicopter over a big diorama of the mountain and its surroundings.|
|It's really something in person. Do this: use your fingers along the sides of the mountain to visualize where the peak used to be. That gives you a better idea of just how much material erupted. Don't mind my cute boys in the front. :)|
|Matt and Max getting our boat ready for adventure.|
|On the water!|
|The driving pro.|
We have some Tansy Dolls adventures going on too! We'll be at the Belmont Street Fair this Saturday (9/14/2013) from noon to 7pm and we'd love to see you!
Also, Tansy Dolls is entered in Martha Stewart's American Made contest. We'd love your votes! It only takes a few seconds to sign up, and you can vote 6 times a day from now until September 13! Here's the link to vote for Tansy Dolls! We love you guys!