Friday, April 10, 2009
So I think I've mentioned that it's Spring Break around here. And sadly when your mom works from home (and the weather has been really cruddy), the poor kiddos get the short end of the stick as far as activities go. But yesterday, since it was our first beautiful day all week, my mom and I took the boys across the river to Indiana to see the Falls of the Ohio.
First for a bit of history (school never really ends even when it's out, does it?!), the falls really are "falls" (but not of the Niagra magnitude - ha!) where there are uneven waters that make boat passing really impossible. Since the Ohio is such a major waterway, ages ago they set up these "locks" that controlled the flow of water and allowed for boats and barges to pass easily. When they started controlling the water, they discovered something they hadn't expected - one of the largest fossil beds of limestone in this region which contains remains that indicate TROPICAL sea life from 387 million years ago! TROPICAL - in KENTUCKY!
Anyhow, it's really fascinating and you don't have to look hard to find all kinds of fossils even though we went when the water was high. (Autumn is when the water is lowest and you can get deeper into the fossil beds.) The boys were constantly showing me what they had found and we even got to take one small fossil home from the digging area they have set up for the kids. (Fossil removal from the river bed is illegal.)
We ended our afternoon excursion with a visit to the yummiest little ice cream parlor (in an adorable little Victorian house) and then playing at the park by the waterfront. It made for some tired kids, but a wonderful day. If you're from this area and have kiddos that love rocks, dirt and climbing, this is the place for you! I hope you'll check out the link above and go! :)
And one final reminder my Coordinates Collections giveaway ends at midnight tonight so click HERE to get entered to win! :)
Have a wonderful Good Friday, everyone.
Posted by Kelly Goree at 4/10/2009 09:51:00 AM