On day three of spring break we headed out on a field trip to explore the Science Gallery and listen to a special presentation about the work of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and meet some of their rescued birds and one pet rabbit. It was great to see a peregrine falcon ‘in person’ – we have learned a lot about them in the past and last spring we really enjoyed watching their adventures on the falcon cam. We had planned to attend a Planetariumshow too but the wildlife presentation ran longer than expected so we missed the beginning of the show – next time!
There was one other interesting bit of information from day three. I overheard a comment made by one of the school-age children – apparently they had considered our walk to the dollar store ‘long’. I was intrigued so we discussed this a little further and I discovered that the older children all agreed with this assessment. Now I was more shocked and a little dismayed – the dollar store is only a few blocks away – about one kilometre!
The children involved in this conversation are not regularly in attendance or they have recently enrolled so have not experienced our excursions. They take the bus to school and – according to them – their parents drive them everywhere else they have to go. These children do not normally walk anywhere. The ‘regulars’ and I shared some stories of our hiking adventures and I began making plans for a ‘special event’ for day four.
After morning snack on day four we got ready for our trek.
“Where are we going?” they ask
“To the library” I reply
“Where is the library?” the newbies ask
Those who attend regularly begin to giggle and answer “It’s waaay past Safeway and Sobey’s too”.
It is 3.3 kilometres away when we take the short route. I don’t particularly like the short route because it is a bit of a boring hike with no points of interest and the loud traffic makes conversations difficult. Today, however, we would take the short route because we didn’t have a lot of time and it was a little chilly. Our brisk pace kept us warm and we made it there in about 40 minutes.
No one complained about the length of the journey.
We relaxed in the library, read some books and picked out some to take back with us for later. The pace for our return trip was a little slower so it took a few extra minutes. While I prepared lunch only one child chose to play in the playroom – the others just wanted to sit and read their books. The room was surprisingly quiet throughout lunch too. They were tired and hungry.
After lunch I brought out a map and we traced our routes for the trip to the dollar store and the trip to the library. I also traced the ‘scenic’ route to the library – the one we usually do twice each summer. That route is 4.6 kilometres and passes through three parks where we stop and play. We climb trees and we usually have a picnic too. The scenic route to the library is the best.
Just one more day of spring break…..