I'm a little behind in timely blogging, but I thought I would share a few pictures from Nina's coastal adventures last month. Perhaps I could call myself a fashionably late blogger?
In early April, I chaperoned Nina's fourth grade class trip to the coast. I attended this trip with Elise's class as well, so I knew we were in for a good time. I don't volunteer for every field trip. Some are definitely more fun and interesting than others. This one tops the list of my favorites. First, we toured around the U.S.S. North Carolina WWII battleship.
Touring the battleship was a good family history lesson for Nina since her great-grandfather was stationed on a aircraft carrier during WWII. I would assume the technology and living conditions on both were similar.
Claustrophobia, anyone? I'm pretty sure I would get booted out of the military for panic attacks before I could ever fall asleep in one of these bunks.
And see this little ladder? The girls disappeared up in there for a while. I got claustrophobic just looking at it. I have no idea what they saw inside. Fortunately, they came out eventually, so I didn't have to climb in there to search for them. If it makes me a bad chaperone that I wouldn't climb into the tiny, dark, mysterious tin can, I'm OK with that.
After the battleship tour, too much time spent in the battleship gift shop, and a picnic lunch, we hopped aboard a boat to Masonboro Island. On the way, we passed this cool phenomenon. It is where the sound meets the ocean, or the river meets the sound, or the warm water meets the cold water, or the brown water meets the blue water. Honestly, I have no idea what it is, but I was totally intrigued!
While on the island, the kids learned about all the shells, animals, and plants that have adapted to coastal living, and they did some crabbing.
After the fun adventures on Masonboro Island on a gorgeous day, we headed back home via boat and bus.
A couple weeks later, Nina went on a "Dolphin and Dune Adventure" trip with her Girl Scout troop. I didn't attend this one, but from the pictures, it sure looks like they had a great time at the aquarium...
on a boat scouting out dolphins (and yes, Nina is a wee bit taller than her peers),
and hiking all over Shackleford Banks learning about the wild horses who live there.
They even took restaurant advice from me and had dinner at the Sanitary Fish Market. Apparently this is the troop posing in front of a "Nina Boarding" sign at the restaurant, but it looks like one girl didn't get the memo that they were trying to show off the "Nina" part of the sign!
I love that the girls get these sorts of experiences through Girl Scouts and that there are women out there who are willing to take on the daunting role of troop leader. As much as I whine and moan about the cookie mom job during cookie season, being a troop leader is a much bigger responsibility and makes the cookie mom gig look like a piece of cake. Scouting is so good for my girls... the experiences, the friendships, the independence, the leadership opportunities... good stuff.
Overall, the month of April was very kind to Nina!