I woke up this morning knowing that it was going to be a very moving, inspiring, and exciting day. The sun was shining into my sleeping eyes for the first time in a while after days of drizzling and overcast weather. My entire body was exhausted as I got out of bed, but the excitement for the day to come immediately rushed from my messy bed head to my cold, bare toes. The morning went by very slowly, waiting for everyone to eat breakfast and get their gear on for a day in the city. When our silver van finally peeled away from our new home, it made me realize how weird it was going to be to be in the city, even though it had only been six days since our rural experience began.
The hour and fifteen minute drive from the homestead to Saint Paul went by in a blur, and I couldn’t believe that we were going to participate in something so important and so moving; the March for Science! When I first heard of the march, I imagined a much smaller crowd just being together and talking about science, but as we were driving through the endless city streets, struggling to find a parking spot, I saw floods of people in the streets, carrying signs and gathering as one massive group. I had no idea it was going to be such a large movement and I felt truly inspired seeing all those people there supporting the same cause: the cause of the protection of science and the world.
Participating in the march and the rally was not only incredibly fun, but I felt like I was changing something and making a statement that is very necessary. It felt amazing to be with all of those thousands upon thousands of people having a great time and making a difference in this world.
Land School Activities
I have been doing a lot of hiking around lately, and while walking and enjoying nature is fine, I always like to be busy with my hands. So here are some really fun activities to do while on a hike or a walk at the Land School:
At first this may sound a bit violent, but trust me, it’s not. Spear throwing is something that you can do while on a hike along the stream. Some things you may need are: a stick, and a whittling knife (optional). First you have to find a stick that is not too long but not too short either, usually the size of your wingspan is best. Then you have to hold it close to the middle and throw it at the banks of the stream. It may seem a bit weird at first but when you try it it feels really satisfying.
Corn Husk Throwing
Another really really fun activity at the Land School is corn husk throwing. Some required materials are corn husks, and work gloves. For corn husk throwing you first have to go to the cornfields, but only while there is no corn growing. You then have to grab a corn husk that is stuck in the ground and pull it out. If the husk breaks while you are pulling it out it’s no good. What you have to do is pull out the roots. It may seem dirty at first but it’s not that big of a deal once you have started. After you pull out the corn husks you spin in a circle and let go as soon as you are facing the way you want it to go. However you may want to wear gloves because the husks have a tendency of cutting your hands.
These are just a few of the fun things you can do on the Land School. I have enjoyed them very much and am happy to teach you how to do them so that you can enjoy them for yourself when you come to the Land School.
Farm Stay 4 has just started and I have already done many exciting things. We have started our occupations, our micro-economy projects, and have had many bonding experiences (such as outside organized play time) along the way. My favorite part of Farm Stay so far has been the small amounts of time we have had playing games outside with Calvin. The first time we played capture the flag in the woods, which was a great competitive experience that I think we all enjoyed. The second outdoor activity we had was a game called thicket which is pretty much a more advanced version of hide and seek in the woods. I am really looking forward to how this Farm Stay unfolds, not just the free time, but the physical work and outings that the land school staff have planned for us. The Farm Stay experience has always been something I look forward to and is one of the things I appreciate most about the LCS school philosophy and schedule.