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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Is It A Camping Project or A Science Project?

Happy October, everyone.  Can you believe it is really and truly Fall already?  I was a still dealing with a bit of denial until this past weekend, when we went camping.  When you wake up to brisk temperatures in the 30s, you have to face the facts that the season has changed and Autumn has truly arrived.  Camping in such weather is indeed a project, since you have to be well prepared to stay warm.
We also managed to squeeze in some educational experiences while we were project-camping: we toured a cranberry bog and learned all about how cranberries grow and how they are harvested.  I'm chalking that up as a science project (since we missed our official Thursday experiment)!
In case you didn't know, cranberries are grown in sandy soil in sunken fields called bogs.  Those bogs are only flooded (like in the Ocean Spray commercials) to make harvesting easier, because the berries float.
The best part of the tour was buying 5lbs of fresh cranberries only feet away from the bogs they were grown in.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as ending one project with ingredients for future projects!


Jessica said...

I've always wondered about cranberry harvesting. Interesting.

~ Tandis ~ said...

For as long as I can remember, you were the maker of cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner. This seems fitting that you would get a 5lb bag. :)