Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Native American Days

For a few days after getting back from our vacation and having company for a week... we were able to have a little mini edition of H Family Summer Camp!

The end of last week we had Native American Days! Their interest was peaked on our trip to Jamestown last month.

We got some books from the library as usual....

Later that day we watched the DVD, Exploring Our Past: Comparing the Lives of Native Peoples and snacked on some popcorn :)

Each morning we started our day by reading Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, which was a wonderful way to be thankful as we begin the day. A blurb on Amazon... "Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. Full color."

Then we made teepees out of tortillas. Our paint was milk & food coloring. In the spirit of Native American Days we did not waste... they actually ate it as a snack later. Had to of been a little bland, but it didn't slow them down!

Another day we went to check out a local nature center that was really neat. What a better way but to incorporate appreciating and enjoying nature! It was a very nice nature center.

We parked in a lot further away and walked a bit to get there

Inside they even had information that related to turtles and a Native American legend.

We are so fortunate to live in the area of the Nation's Capital so we head down to check out the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian! You can see our whole venture in my American Indian Museum sightseeing blog post. Here are a few highlights...


We didn't do as much those days as I would of liked, but I think it was a good introduction that will hopefully encourage further thought, learning and investigation!

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand."
- Native American saying

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

American Indian Museum - H Fam Sightseeing Part 18

Last beautiful Sunday we went to the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian one of the many wonderful museums at the National Mall. We went as part of our H Fam Summer Camp - Native American Days.

We arrived early and decided to check some other things out a bit since the museums do not open until 10am.

We checked out the outside of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden


They're working on the monument!

Then walked down to the Reflecting Pool in front of the Capitol Building since it was pretty much next to the museum.

Me and one kid

Me and two kids

Me and three kids

The three kids :)

It's a beautiful museum inside and out, like a piece of art in of itself!

There's a special kids section on the 3rd floor, the ImagiNAtions Activity Center.

While the museum is a piece of art and the sections where all very informative. I did feel there was a ton of verbiage and not enough visuals. I say that as an adult, not just as a mother of three young children. There has to be more artifacts! I would of love to of seen it grouped together in a way that made more organization sense, it felt rather random and disconnected. I left feeling like I wish I could of seen and learned more... I wanted more of a glimpse into daily life, and culture instead of just random snippets. But all in all, can't truly complain! We had a nice morning and it's wonderful to go do stuff like this and be able to get home for a late lunch & nap/quiet times and have the rest of the day!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Currituck Sound Kayak Tour! H Fam Sightseeing Part 16

During our OBX vacation we got to slip away one morning and leave the kids with Grandma & Grandpa and do a kayak tour.

We used  Coastal Explorations located in Historic Downtown Corolla, NC. Every one there was so friendly, eager to help, and easy going in general. Highly recommend! We scheduled ours for 8:30am, it was a really good time. They said the best times are sunrise & sunset, but that early morning is the next best time to go out on the water. Especially to see wildlife.

We opted for the two-hour guided tour. It would of been great to of done with three hour tour that takes you farther north to see the wild horses. We feared that might be too long to leave Grandma & Grandpa with 4 kids (my 6 month old nephew was visiting too, that's a lot of boys!).

It was a wonderful morning! You start out in their "big pond" in the middle of the marsh and weave your way out to the sound, see some islands, wildlife, and just feel the wind & water.

Greg and I starting out

In many of the pictures you can see the lighthouse in the background that we end up climbing later that day.

Lots of stops to see wildlife along the way

The man that lives in this area uses old boats to decorate his "driveway" like lawn ornaments!

A duck blind... lots of these on the sound. Outer Banks has quite the history in duck hunting.

Waiting with our guide Ben for a boat to pass
We had a great time!

The crew with the Currituck Lighthouse in the background
If you're ever in the area and want to go kayaking... they have various tours... definitely check them out! Ask for Ben and tell him we sent ya! Also if you like their page on Facebook they post some amazing scenic shots and the surrounding wildlife from time to time.