The Joys of Home Educating: Camping Adventures - July

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Camping Adventures - July


We have been trying to find different campgrounds to try out. Our "usual" is a Jellystone in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York.  This time we went a little further Northeast near Albany to a KOA.  I have never been to a KOA and had pretty high expectations.  (that's all I got to say about that....)


Besides the "usual" camping fun, s'mores, camp fire and playground fun....


We found some funny moments to capture....

The phone booth was a fun picture and the owner says it rings from time to time...lol..Oh the stories I could think of if I answer! 

We found this BIG DADDY skillet in the camping store - Zachary thought it was hilarious! 

They had a cute craft on Saturday - kids decorated a fabric bag to bring back later that night for a Candy Hunt (in the dark). Fun times. 


One of my favorite things to do was hike the camp grounds. They had created a Nature Walking Path around the entire campground.  We were excited for the adventure.  One of my favorite things was all the different specimens of mushrooms we found. 


The larger picture, after research, is not actually a mushroom like we thought.  Check this out from Wikipedia. 

Ghost Plant, Indian Pipe or Corpse Plant:
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.[2] The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration.[3] Rare variants may have a deep red color.



Tether ball anyone?  I have not seen one of these babies since high school.  Kids loved it until they all got hit in the head by the ball...doh...

All in all, the kids had a ball (which is really what counts right...) but we can check this place off our list and say we been there, did that...call it done. 

Next camping trip:  August - Watkins Glen - NASCAR race and hiking the Glen!  We are ALL excited to go back. 


Until next time:  Be blessed!


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