Our lessons were back to normal after last week's CAT5 testing. Here are some highlights:
This Country of Ours: the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the Emancipation Proclamation, and Stonewall Jackson's death
Oliver Twist: Oliver shows some grit but pays the price for it
Plutarch's Lives: Brutus flees Rome in the aftermath of Caesar's murder
In Story Book of Science, we read about volcanoes. Since Himself and I were recently on the Big Island of Hawaii and visited Volcanoes National Park, I especially enjoyed these two chapters. The girls looked at photos we took, and so can you!
The crater at Kiluea, an active volcano on the Big Island
A closer look at the smoking crater. Pay no attention to the wind-blown woman on the left.
On another part of the island, the aptly-named Road to the Sea, south of Kona and Captain Cook, leads through a surreal landscape, courtesy of a massive lava flow 250 years ago. The road reaches a black sand beach and massive sand dunes.
There are lots of trees and other vegetation at the top of the road. But then the landscape changes.
Sparse vegetation. Can you see the ribbon of road at the top left?
Soon all plant life disappears. But not humans. Believe it or not, there were a few houses on this road!
The wind was blowing briskly, but other than that, there was no sound.
Large lava rock piles appeared as we got closer to the ocean.
Black sand beach. The photo does not do this scene justice. The water was the most glorious blue, and it looked amazing next to the black sand.
The surf was extremely strong, and the wind was, as you can imagine, forceful.
And that's what a lava field looks like, more than two and a half centuries after the eruption. The whole experience was astounding. It was the longest six-mile road we'd ever driven (DON'T try it in a regular car), but it was completely worth the trouble.
A bit of nature study: Georgette found a small lizard yesterday, and Tiny Girl rescued it. She held in while I ran inside to get my camera. I ran back out to yells of: "It bit me! It actually bit me! I'm bleeding!"
The stunned lizard swooned on the driveway. I swiped it into a small bucket for further inspection. In case you're wondering, Tiny Girl's wound was slight. No Band-Aid required.
We took a lot of photos, most of which turned out poorly, amid comments like, "Can we let it go now? Don't get it near me!" (Miss Priss) and "That thing is vicious!" (Tiny Girl) and "It's trying to defend itself. It's scared" (me).
After some research, we concluded that it was a green anole. At first I wasn't sure, because our lizard looked different from the online photos. However, we learned that green anoles can change color when stressed (our was a bit mottled) and also black bands appear around males' eyes when they are feeling aggressive or stressed (ours had dark around its eyes). We determined it was a male due to the black bands and its pink dewlap.
So that's our week! How was yours?