February 16-20, 2010
A trip to the Franklin Locks: L's studies of the Erie Canal led to a picnic at the Franklin Locks to see the locks in action. As we picnicked and played on the playground the boats flowed through the locks, and when we decided to go and observe - no boats. We waited for about 20 minutes. Finally the lock operated passed by and C told him we would like to see the locks in operation. He was kind and gave us a demonstration. So we saw water pass through the locks. But an added treat was that an seaplane landed quite near us.
Goats and Pigs: My cousins, adventurous couple that they are, have ventured into the world of goats and pigs. It is all good until the mom can't nurse her babies. C was good about recruiting for the nightly milking (great experience for the kids he insisted) and they all loved feeding the baby goats. E also helped her cousin in washing and attempting to train the pig for entry into the upcoming fair.
A First: There were manatee at the Manatee Park! We usually are in Florida when it is too warm to see them come so close in toward the power company looking for the warmer water. We hit the jackpot too. The manatee were all huddled in this little cove.
A project for the teens: Put together the trampoline.
All in all, a great week of feeling the Florida sun, catching up with Florida family and resting from the routine.