field trip

Henry has been interested in learning more about orca whales.  We have read books about orcas, watched documentaries, done a small report and he is in the middle of making a paper mache model of an orca.  Last summer while we were on San Juan Island we visited the Whale Museum and I hoped we could find something similar but a wee bit closer.  I stumbled upon the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and hoped we could make a day out of it.

We planned on doing work around the house on Saturday, but on Friday I realized that it pretty much what we do every weekend and it was about time we had a family adventure- it has been awhile for sure.  The boys were excited with Henry and Bennett each telling me what they were going to be packing for the day.  We packed snacks and warm clothes and headed over to the peninsula for a day of fun.  We had a brisk ride on the ferry and then headed up north to Port Townsend and Fort Worden State Park.

The marine center was very cool.  It was quaint, but the volunteers were very knowledgeable and they had some sea creatures that I had never seen alive before.  Very cool.  We got to watch them feed crabs, learn about octopus, view plankton under a microscope and see a river otter (he wasn’t in the center, just outside having a snack).  We then headed toward their Orca Exhibit, which was the point of the outing and were a little disappointed.  It was very informative, but not meant for littles.  A lot of reading and not much else.  The skeleton was cool and we did get to talk about what hurts orcas in the wild, so not a total loss.  Plus it was right on the beach, so we ran across the street and explored.  Although the orca exhibit was not the highlight of the trip- we did learn new things (I did!) and we had a great time.  Once we were thoroughly frozen and wind whipped we drove around the fort and headed toward downtown Port Townsend.  We got hot cocoa, visited a used bookstore and played at the playground.  We finished up with dinner and a drive back to the ferry.

It is on days like these where I am reminded how much fun we all have together.  Not that we don’t have fun normally, but I can honestly say that these fours guys are just my favorites and they make adventure having more fun.  We had Rory breakdowns when he couldn’t explore every inch of the bookstore or when he wanted to run around the coffee shop.  We had sadness when I wouldn’t buy a really cool toy (and $40 isn’t really THAT much money, or so I am told) and even more sadness when the hot cocoa was made with really good chocolate and someone didn’t care for it.  But we also had fun.  Fun exploring, learning and being together.  Sometimes we have to put the to-do list away and head out for the day.  What a great reminder!  As for the next adventure, well, that will have to wait for a bit.  We have conferences to attend (Dada), soccer games to play (Henry) and a few more home projects (Mama, Dada); but we will add more to the list for sure.

On the ferry…

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And at the Marine Science Center:

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At the beach (Benny’s element, he honestly has a difference skip and run when he is on sand):

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In Port Townsend:

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