Day 7 — May 28

 I had requested of my brother the previous day that we take it easy for a day.  My family is quite good about traveling, but we do much better if we can have a bit of downtime.

I believe my brother was quite disappointed in this, but as luck would have it the only thing he had planned for this a.m. was to walk around town.  So, we stayed home, did some laundry and baked a carrot cake.

The boys were quite busy and entertained too.  The younger two played with my brother’s cat, “Cornbread”, who was thrilled to have the entertainment.  They also spent some time playing frisbee.

The older boys got to work cutting stumps out of the ground.  And the men went to work on the swamp cooler.  (The swamp cooler is the desert region’s version of an air conditioner — putting cool, moist air in the house.)

My Dad worked on my brother’s upstairs bathroom.  My brother was tiling his bath and had finished, like minutes, before we arrived.  Daddy spent some time getting the bath fixtures in place and doing some clean-up.

After lunch my family, as well as my brother and Tara went on a horseback ride / spelunking trip in Colorado.

Don’t you just love the green?!

All of my guys have been on horseback before, except for Mikhail.  What is odd is that Mikhail just LOVES horses, or, rather, the idea of them.  He has always had an incredible fear of them, and has always backed out of riding on one.

But this time, my little man pulled his courage together and managed it!

Garrett has only rode ponies up to this point, so this was his first time on a horse.  (I think it helped both of them that these were smaller horses.)

The horseback ride, on the way to the cave, was along some rocky ridges.  There were a couple of times my horse slipped, but thankfully he always recovered.  The scenery was beautiful, but my camera battery died.  (I had forgot to change it out the night prior.)

The cave we went into was fair-sized.  Walking back into it was fun as there were small areas to crawl through, water to cross over and pool formations reminiscent of Pamukkale, Turkey except, you know, darker, and enclosed.  (A place I’ve always wanted to visit.)

The boys were impressed with their skills. . .

Then it was back on the horses for the ride back to the stables.

We stopped at a place named “Honeyville” on the way back home.  They sold all sorts of delicious honey products.  Better than that, they had a see through hive and were more than happy to talk to the boys all about the bees, the hive, and the honey.

This particular hive was only 1 month old, replacing an older one (but I forgot to ask how frequently they replace them).  Anyway, it’s still new enough that there are a few drones (males) left.  In the above picture you can find the queen bee, she’s marked with an orange dot.  To help you out she’s a bit southwest of the fingertip.

They had a great deal of information there, and were so happy to talk all about bees. 

All in all, certain people found the entire trip exhausting.

The day was topped off with a delightful home-cooked meal (with veggies and fruits), provided by the folks who had remained home.

Subject

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Notes

English    
Math    
Science * bees, earth science:  caves
“Social Studies”    
The “Arts”    
PE * frisbee (there’s a lot of running in this when you are little)
Socialization  
Life Skills  *  Lawn maintenance
“Other”  *  horseback riding.

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