First of all Welcome Aboard to new “Followers” Kathy and Robert. I appreciate you coming along for the ride and THANK YOU very much for taking time to visit with me here.
Yesterday I posted about our trip to Tolmie State Park with Zoey and told about our fun adventures. That prompted several comments, and I thought I’d relate some thoughts of my own on a couple of them.
Nellie and Jonathon left a funny comment about Bruce’s white feet in the pic with the squishy green goo we stood in. Nellie and Jonathon are from Texas and are used to a lot of sunshine down there. Us folks in the Pacific Northwest don’t see sunshine all year. In fact it is fairly cold 6 months of the year and we all stay covered up. But watch out when the spring comes around and we begin to get some sunny days…even if the temps are still in the 40’s…folks begin to uncover their bodies. And boy, you really see some white body parts then !!!! You really need to put on your sunglasses because all of those white bodies in the bright sunlight really cast a glare in the old eyeballs !!!
And a very nice comment was left by Dennis and Donna about our time with the Grands. They mentioned that it really did kids so much good to get outdoors and enjoy nature and the environment and be away from the TV and video games. We couldn’t agree with that statement more. That is our primary motivation in getting the girls out to some of the nice community parks and state parks when we have our babysitting days. We want the Grands to learn to appreciate the great outdoors and see all of the fantastic things we can possibly get them out to see. We took them to Disney World last year and that was terrific….but there is nothing that can compare with the “real world” and not just see a manufactured fantasyland. If we were able to take them away for a couple of weeks of RV adventure we’d head off to Yellowstone or some interesting place like that. Hopefully someday we will have that opportunity.
I could totally relate to a comment left by the Bayfield Bunch about how they used to have more “beach days” when they lived further inland than they do now living closer to Lake Huron. Sometimes we just don’t get out to enjoy what is right in our own backyards. I know we sometimes don’t even appreciate what we have near us. When we lived in Southern California and our son was about 9 years old he heard us commenting about people coming to our area for their vacations. He asked me, “why would people come to California for a vacation?” He was born there and took it all for granted: Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, San Diego, Los Angeles, the beaches, the mountains, Palm Springs, Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite and so much more. Many people spend thousands of dollars to take a family vacation trip to California and Dennis couldn’t understand why they’d do that. It was just an ordinary place to him. So here in Washington, getting Zoey and Mackenzie out to see what is in their own backyard is part of the magic for them and us in sharing it with them.
Speaking of going places….when we were in the Animal Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in April we saw some amazing bats. They are Giant Fruit Bats and they were big. They are at home in the Southwestern Pacific area.
The fully grown bats can have a wing span up to 5 feet. Wow! They have furry dog looking faces.
They have very sharp teeth that are used to bite through tough fruit skins. Bats are mammals. You can see the shape of their head by looking at this guy on the right in the photo. They are almost dog like in shape.
Is this one Batman? Hey…you guys don’t know it but Bruce’s middle name is Wayne. That makes him Batman….”Bruce Wayne”. Don’t tell him I shared that little detail with the world of Bloggers. hehe
See, there is a lot of fun stuff to see at Disney World that is not all about fantasy. These bat-guys are big enough to give ya’ll some scary dreams, that’s for sure.
I hope everyone enjoyed their Saturday. We didn’t see the kids today which is good. They need time with Mommy and Daddy and Grandma and Papa need a rest every now and again.
Until next time…..so long for now!