A Whale of a Tail

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Day 5 of 7 days. 7 Black and White Photos of your life. No people or explanation.
Thanks A Momma’s View for nominating me for this challenge!


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While I didn’t actually see the tails of the whales yesterday, I did see the whales they were attached to. I also saw plenty of dolphin tail!

Remember last year when I kayaked with the whales? I caught a crab with my GoPro, too. The humpbacks are back as are the Atlantic white sided dolphins, too. They were gone when I went out with my kayak last year. They were here in full force this year! They are stunningly amazing creatures. I was so happy to get out with them. I really hope we get some more calm days soon so that DW can join me next time.

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Yep. I was that close. They swam right under my kayak. Next time I’ll try to get some underwater shots of them, too.

Here’s the video montage of my whole trip. That’s the DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) that I talk to. There was concern that the humpbacks may have been tangled in something because they hadn’t shown their fluke as in previous years. The DFO was kind enough to explain it to me the reason why…

Getting Lost in October

I can find my way through October without a map. I’ve done it 39 times already.

I can’t find my way through a corn maze with a map. I tried. Next year I’m giving the map to DW to see how she fairs. Chances are good she’ll succeed where I failed. That’s what DW does. I’m okay with that.

We visited Riverbreeze Farm last weekend and we had a blast. There were some new attractions along with the old favorites.

  • Corn maze
  • tractor ride
  • pumpkin patch
  • Gator (the 4×4 kind) train
  • tetherball
  • bouncy pillow (much like a giant trampoline)
  • goat feeding
  • petting area (llama, sheep, bunnies, goats
  • tube slide
  • hay bale “Castle climb”
  • tug of war
  • sling shot
  • tractor tire obstacle course
  • spinning vortex 
  • laser tag

So much to do in one afternoon. We skipped the first three items on the list. We saved them for the end because we knew they would take the most time. Plus I sure as hell wasn’t walking around a farm all afternoon carrying pumpkins through a corn maze. I love my kids dearly, but even that’s pushing it. 

So we ran willy nilly from riding to petting to climbing to tugging. The boys were having a blast while DW and I were bobble heads trying to keep up with them. 

Finally the time came to enter the corn maze. They warned us to allow at least an hour to get through it. The fun part of the maze is the “who done it” puzzle you solve as you find your way through. There are 6 stations set throughout the maze and each one will give a clue as to who “killed” farmer Joe with what weapon and where. By process of elimination you solve the puzzle and earn an extra chance to a win a trip “down south”. With a map and a clue card we set off.

This is what we got ourselves into…

Only 2 farms in Canada were given permission to use Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Station 1- check

Station 2- check

Station 3 – Anyone know where are? I hear voices, follow them.

Station 4- check

Station 5 and 6 we walked in circles for a while until we found a family who was more competent with a map. In my defence, I’m excellent with a road map. I spent years driving around scouting corn crops. Some weeks I would drive 1400 miles. I know how to use a map. This was completely different! 

Yes, I got us lost. We knew it was going to happen. It’s part of the attraction. So we followed the 5 year old. “Follow the sun.” he told us. With a little help we found our way out. 

With a half hour to spare we jumped on the last wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. The commentator told us that the pumpkins were $5 each. But we could get them for free if we came back at night. He told us if we took that option we better cross the field in 9 seconds because the bull can cross it in 10. 

In the patch, Bang picked out a pumpkin. The smallest, green pumpkin. DW and I wanted our $5 worth and we wanted pumpkins we’ll be able to carve. Bang was sad. So he and I returned to pick out a 3rd pumpkin. We agreed on a small, “ghost” pumpkin. It was pale yellow, almost white. 

We headed back and caught the wagon ride back to the main area, Bang carrying his ghost pumpkin. It didn’t make it off the farm. He dropped and it broke right in half. DW and I fussed at him for not being more careful and for wasting $5 on a pumpkin just for it to smash. He was okay with it. “I wanted it in two pieces, anyway.” 

UGH!

Overall, it was great day. We all had a blast. We can’t wait to go back next year!

A Birds and Bees Lesson from Minecraft

Crash is 8 years old. He, therefore, has a slight obsession with everything Minecraft. That 80’s pixilated video game in which you can mine for iron, gold, and diamonds (among other things). That game of blocks in which you can build anything so long as it’s made of cubes. His time on it is extremely limited, but that doesn’t stop him from knowing more about it than Steven Hawking knows about black holes.

Naturally, my curiosity lead me to get the game for myself (We have the PE edition for our tablets) to see what all the hype was about. There is something addictive about it. Perhaps that it’s endless? Perhaps its laced with heroin?

Anyway, we’ve discovered farming. You can plant seeds and grow wheat, carrots and potatoes. But if you build a fenced in enclosure and lead some animals – pigs, cows, sheep, chickens inside, you have created an animal farm. You can milk the cows if you make a bucket. You can collect eggs from the chickens. You can sheer sheep for their wool to make carpet. Of course, you could kill your animals to get beef, chicken breasts, or pork chops. But I don’t advise killing them until you’ve… uh, made them kiss.

Enough of the boring details. Your penned up animals can make babies. If you’re looking for a romantic (or raunchy) love scene you’ll have to look elsewhere. The only thing you’ll see here is some kissing (no tongue). Crash loves to tell us “My chickens kissed and made a baby.” Or “I fed my sheep and that made them kiss and they had a baby.” Yep, that’s exactly how it’s done, bud. You eat, you kiss, and then poof a baby materializes. Let this be a lesson to you. Don’t kiss anyone.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t get too curious about real life babies. For that there’s always Google, YouTube and his mom!

Happy Mocha Monday

If we were relaxing having a mocha, or tea, or coffee, or hot chocolate, or a glass of wine…

I would be telling you all about our adventure on Saturday to Riverbreeze Corn Maze. Though I have been in hundreds of cornfields before, I’d never been in a corn maze. First, we found a spot to park. It really wasn’t that difficult, we were just in the overflow parking lot and had to walk a bit. We didn’t have to park in overflow, it was just the first parking lot we found for the farm and we didn’t know there was a closer one.

Once in, we found out that “Farmer Joe” had gone missing and we were going to have to find him, find out which animal took him, and find out with what weapon the accused wielded. So off we went into the maze. Fortunately, they gave us map. DW let me be in charge of that. She knew full well we’d get lost, but I was determined to prove her wrong.

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There were 7 suspects and 6 stations with picture puzzles to be solved to let you know which animal didn’t kidnap Farmer Joe. I got us all the way to station number 5 without getting lost. Naturally, and not to disappoint, we had no idea where we were or how to get to number 6. After a bit of walking, we got it and solved the mystery.

Bang got tired of the maze pretty quickly. All he wanted to do was carry a stalk around like a sword. Unfortunately, he ended up with a leaf cut (very much like a paper cut) on his hand. Nothing a couple band-aids couldn’t take care of.

After we completed the maze, we had our picture taken on a few attractions. One was a HUGE chair. The seat was wide enough for both DW and I sit “comfortably” on while Crash and Bang sat on the arms. Then there was “stick your face in the hole” boards. DW was a cute, fluffy sheep. Crash was a horse. Bang was a pig. I was an ass donkey. The boys played with the tetherball, then from there it was on the bouncy pillow. They had been on one of these on a camping trip and they loved it. It was no different on Saturday.

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See the mud on Bang? He fell down in the maze. Knew that would happen.

Then we got see the pig race. The littlest piggy, Wilbur, won. They all got Oreos. I nearly jumped in the pen to steal the Oreos, but I refrained. Mmmmm Oreos! From there we slid down the Shotgun Slide. I’m assuming it’s so named because the kids are shot out the end at about 1300 feet per second. At least it seemed that fast. Of course, they slid down no less than 10 times. I only went once.

You can hear Crash and Bang laughing and screaming at the end of it. They thought it was great.

After that, the boys went on a tractor train ride pulled by a Gator. Upon their return from the train ride there was a large tractor pulling two “hay wagons” (there was no hay, but there was a bench for us all sit on). This tractor ride took us to a pumpkin patch.

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I may have been pretending to drop a rather large pumpkin on DW’s head to get them to laugh like this. Thankfully, I didn’t really drop it on her head. I’m sure she would have shoved that pumpkin so far up my you-know-what that I would have been spitting seeds for days.

Afterward, Crash got to shoot some paintballs at some pots and pans. He thought that was great. Then I told him I used to have a paintball gun of my own, once upon a time. I’ve been in my share of paintball wars.

From there we went to the petting area. They had bunnies, goats, sheep, a donkey and a cow. One stall of the stable was set up as a wild west jail cell. There was an area cut out in the corn field to play laser tag using giant, round hay bales to hide behind. Lastly, we made our way back to the bouncy pillow for one more jump before heading out for supper.

We were there for about 4 hours total and we had managed to play on everything, do everything there was to do. Overall, Crash and Bang had a blast. Naturally, there were areas and times when one was having more fun than the other. Or mom and dad were having more fun than the kids.

Sunday we cleaned house. Crash and Bang were wishing we were back at the farm.

What did you do this weekend?