Arts and Crafts: While waiting for a tour of the lighthouse, we did some arts and crafts. Sis made a pine cone squirrel that she wants to give to Pop for the cabin (don't tell!) We also all made buttons with animal pictures from magazines. I made a grumpy Snowy Owl, Bud a penguin. Sis made a Gyr Falcon for Mama and a Bald Eagle for herself. It was sweet.
Carousel: The magnificent carousel in the park is 105 years old, with original horses complete with real horse-hair manes, a working organ, and apparently all the original mechanics and floor. So pretty. I loved the lights and the music and especially the little name plates over each horses. We rode it twice. Sis and Bud sat together, while Mama and I sat behind them on the sleigh. You could see the Sound as the carousel went around and around, with that great twinkly music. I could almost imagine it was another era. I love carousels.
Lighthouse: Dating to 1847, the lighthouse was replaced just thirty years later, because it was essentially invisible, being in the wrong place! It has a stone stairwell, with 72 steps, about a foot high, ending with a three-step ladder. I stayed downstairs while Mama and the kids ventured up. They liked the view.
Sea Glass: Meanwhile, I looked for sea glass. I found a nice little green piece right off, but it was my only piece of the day. To paraphrase my dad, "A bad day looking for sea glass is better than a good day doing chores." I also found a ton of fishing line caught in seaweed; that's bad for birds so I threw it away.
|Gyr falcon, with jesses visible|
Raptors: We ended the day with a fantastic raptor show. He showed off a Barn Owl, a Spectacle Owl, and a four-month-old Sakr Falcon. Then he flew a Eurasian Eagle Owl (coming to the glove), a Harris Hawk (chasing a "rabbit" on the ground), and a Gyr Falcon (chasing a "bird" in flight.) It really was amazing. I don't get tired watching falconry, especially having read H is for Hawk.
What a wonderful day! It had so many of the things we love.
|Eurasian Eagle Owl going by|