Crystal Springs Preserve

We had a rainy drive out to Crystal Springs Preserve for a class on microbes.

We got there and it was still pouring but the skies dried up shortly after our arrival.


We learned all about microscopes.

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Then we got to use the microscopes to look at different samples. I really liked looking at the newspaper.



We went on a hike and collected water samples.


Then we put the water into centrifuge tubes and spun them on a string.


Next we put the tubes under the microscopes to see what critters we found. I had all sorts of amoebas, nematodes and a water bear.




I would have spent days looking at different samples. I can’t wait to repeat this at home.


These pictures are of things that are possible to find in the waters around the preserve!

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Dad’s in DC Fun

We had friends over for the afternoon and then went out to eat at Chopstix with them. I ate two servings of noodles and then headed up for dessert. I think I got all the pudding in the restaurant. Plus jello and a donut.



For some reason when Dad goes out of town I can’t sleep well. I sat up with Mom for a while and watched the news. I think she was trying to make be so bored I went to bed. It didn’t work. I finally ended up crashing on Mom on the sofa sometime around 11pm.