Soaking it inPosted: June 18, 2014
Yesterday we explored a new lake in the area. The goblins and I had tons of fun swimming and doing silly beach stuff.
A friend of ours invited us to an outing of her homeschooling group. She’d told us about the lake a while back, but I figured this was a good excuse to justify the 75 minute drive (okay, 45 if I hadn’t gotten lost). I can see why she likes the area. Ottawa Lake is a section of the larger, somewhat piecemeal Kettle Moraine State Forest. Unlike most of the other sections, there’s less emphasis on hiking trails (though there are some), with most of the focus on the lake and the campground. If you’re there for camping and swimming, it’s hard to beat. The water is shallow, which means the lake warms up fast. Being a state park, there’s no annoying lifeguards constantly chastising you for being a good parent and (gasp!) letting your kids play.
The goblins enjoyed the activities, with Gamma particularly liking the homemade bubble wand project, but I’m not sure I feel a burning need to join a homeschool group. They socialize pretty well with random kids, and I personally prefer keeping trips as local and as low-key as possible. Outside of my friend, I didn’t particularly click with the parents present and mostly spent my time in the water with the kids – or without them.
I’ve come to realize just how cool a lot of insects are. Yesterday there were a lot of dragonflies doing their incredibly complex flight maneuvers around the swimming area. I spent a good portion of the day sitting or wading in the water, watching them move around. The goblins weren’t as good at spotting them, or as interested, but that’s okay. Then again, if I’d caught one, they’d have been fascinated.
We also saw a family of Canada geese with a really young gosling. Nearly all of the goslings I’ve seen are already near adult growth, whereas this one seemed a solid 3 or 4 weeks behind. I’m no biologist, but it was interesting to see a baby so much younger than the hatchlings we’ve seen. The parents swam back and forth outside of the buoyed swimming area with their baby between them a good 7-8 times while we were there.
It’s the patience to observe that, more than anything, I want my goblins to acquire. So much of modern life is rush, rush, rush. Follow the instructions. Build this, do that. Maybe we wouldn’t be in such a hurry to destroy the planet if we sat back and watched it grow.