Archive for the ‘Vacation’ Category

Rocks tell a story

As someone who enjoys collecting rocks when out in nature, this article struck home with me. In fact, as I told my co-workers just today, my son once did a science fair project on the rocks of Minnesota. The reason they were from Minnesota is because that’s where our family cabin is, where we to each summer for vacation.

The article is entitled “Earthworms’ Castings: Rock Pile” by Jean Ponzi over at the The Healthy Planet. We still have those rocks scattered about the house. After all, they’re really part of the family.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Heading north

Since I missed last Thursday and Tuesday of this week, plus in a week we’ll be making our annual trip up north to our family cabin in Minnesota, I thought I would post two articles tonight and this article in particular. I’ve been to both Bemidji and Duluth, both places used as directional advisors in this article, so either way we’ve got it covered.

The article is entitled “1 Hen, 76 Ducklings: What’s the Deal with this Picture?” by Sarah Mervosh over at the New York Times. Makes me want to jump in the car tonight. Oh well, only one more week.

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Green Librarian

 

Summer vacations by the ocean

So as first day spring has passed and soon enough, summer begins to approach, I’m reminded of the times my family went swimming in the ocean or went to the beach. Probably twenty years or more but those memories are still some of my favorites when it comes to our summer vacations.

So maybe that’s why I’m always drawn to organizations that work to protect our oceans. Just this week in fact, I donated $20.00 to a group called 4Ocean, a group that focuses on cleaning up our beaches and oceans worldwide.

In return I get a bracelet made out of that recycled material they clean up. For each bracelet purchased, they will pull a pound of trash from the ocean. While Christmas is still a ways away, I will make sure before then to find another organization that works to help protect our oceans to donate too.

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Green Librarian

 

All the time in the world

If you get the chance, and I’m hoping I will, check out this article and the movie (yes, I’ve already read the article). The article is entitled “‘All the Time in the World’ is a beautiful film about a family living in the Yukon wilderness” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

I will be the first to admit it’s something the kids and I might not be able to handle but at the same time, we have our own place where we have all the time in the world and that’s our cabin up north.

While my kids no doubt say “not right now” more than I care to hear, I fell like on vacation they have more of that “sure, let’s do it” attitude and that’s what I love most about vacation.

In fact, the last couple of years we’ve explored Duluth (even Milwaukee and Madison last year) and this year it’s going to be Mt. Rushmore. I know that we’re all looking forward to it. Only seven more months to go!

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Green Librarian

Little did I know or next year

While I was happy to come across this article, I’m definitely going to print it up and file it away for next year. The article is entitled “4 ways to be a citizen scientist on vacation: You can help out, whether you’re visiting the beach, a park or a city” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network. I can’t wait till next year!

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Green Librarian

Nature and your brain

I have to admit, the kids and I don’t walk in nature as much as we use to but this vacation, I’m hoping will do a little more than usual. We’re headed up north to our cabin but we taking a different route. Instead of our usual due north through Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota we’re taking the back roads as it were.

We’re heading Northeast a bit through Illinois, then Northwest through Wisconsin, West into Minnesota (stopping over in Duluth) and then straight to the cabin. I know I can’t wait to see what new adventures we’ll take and I’m sure there will be a few nature walks along the way. Up there, it’s hard not too.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. The article tonight is “How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain” By Gretchen Reynolds over at the New York Times courtesy of the Children & Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

Great Lakes, here we come (this summer)

Since this year’s family vacation will now include a stop to the city of Duluth, home of Lake Superior, I thought I would post a couple of articles I’ve come across on the Great lakes recently.

The first one is entitled “Lake Erie dead zone increased drastically by 2012 drought” at the Environmental News Network courtesy of Carnegie Science.

The second one is entitled “Giant ice balls wash ashore on Lake Michigan” at GrindTV by Pete Thomas.  Boy, I can’t wait to leave. This will be the second great lake for the kids. Maybe we should put visiting all five on our bucket list.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian