Cairn had her best friend, Z spend the night last night so we could head out early for our day of adventures.
First, we started off in Boulder on the CU campus for the monthly CU Wizards event. We got to Boulder in good time but then had to walk around the campus looking for the building and then the correct door to enter. Luckily, there were LOTS of other parents with kids doing the same thing so we could follow the crowd.
Finally, we found the right building and headed inside to our seats. We sat in the third row so we wouldn't miss anything.
This month's lecture was all about Chemistry.
What was in the 2 floating balloons? We knew they had to be helium or hydrogen but how could we tell which was which?
As you can see by the slides, the presenters did not talk down to the kids. They used the chemical names, formulas and many big words to explain what was going on.
After the lecture, we went out to lunch at Native Food Cafe - you know our favorite restaurant. The kids split meals and desserts.
Then we started driving to Lookout Mountain for the Halloween Festival. As we were driving we saw some hang gliders.
At Lookout Mountain Nature Center, we went on a hike to solve the Missing Pinecone Mystery. We had to talk to several animals on the trail to see if they had stolen the pinecones.
First, the bear.
Then the Great Horned Owl.
Then the Pine Beetles
We played at the park for about half an hour before we headed to the Dino Hotel for our favorite raptor show. This time for Halloween, they talked all about owls.
The Great Horned Owl.
Our favorites were the Screech Owls. They only weigh 5 ounces.
It was 12 hours later but we had made it to all our events. I didn't know if we would but we did it. Everyone was exhausted (including me). We had been listening to a story on tape during our drives but on the way home, everyone's brain was tired so we took a break from the story. We stopped at Taco Bell to pick up dinner. We ate dinner and then we dropped into bed and immediately fell asleep. What a day!