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We’re going on an adventure!

I had a zillion things on my to-do list for the last day of summer: laundry, food shopping, vacuuming, lawn mowing.  But when I awoke to a crisp, beautiful blue sky, I threw all those things out. There was nothing that couldn’t wait for a few more days so that I could enjoy my last day home with my children.

I got my act together, when the kids woke up I told them to pack up their backpacks, I would pack lunch and we would go on an “adventure”. (Side note: we live within about an hour of several state parks and purchase an annual parks sticker for our car. Adventure to a state park can be a quick and cheap trip for us.)

Their job: warm (ish) clothes, sun hat,  and a water bottle into the backpack. My job: sandwich for each kid + a bit of junk food to ensure we can make it 1.5 miles from the parking lot to the lake and back. Child #1 took it upon herself to bring her camera.

We learned about rocks and gravity.

and talked about why the river might be much warmer than the lake this time of August.

But mostly we remembered that spending time together having fun and getting wet and dirty is so much more important than having a clean house and a dresser full of clean clothes.

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  1. chrissoup
    September 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Exactly right! Good for you!

    Why IS the river warmer than the lake?

    Around here (N Cal), the rivers and lakes that aren’t dried up because it’s summer are freezing because they’re at 8000 feet or more and made of recently melted snow. 🙂

  2. September 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    The river drains into Lake Superior. The average temperature is about 40 degrees F in Lake Superior. In the summer the lake warms up on the surface, but following a fierce wind it gets stirred up and the cold stuff is back at the top.

    The river drains an area that has bedrock really close to the surface (vs. under a whole bunch of unconsolidated sediment). So the water moves through the system pretty quickly (rain, flow to river, flow out to lake). The water is rainwater primarily and this time of year air temps are pretty high. The result is the river water is warmer than 40 degrees.

    • chrissoup
      September 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

      Oh, THAT lake. I didn’t realize you were talking about Superior. Thanks for the explanation; interesting.

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