Well, Athens, Tx. The kids and I went to Athens to visit one of the state fish hatcheries today. It was a HUGE hit. I had debated all week (especially with the stormy weather we have been having) whether the two hour drive each way would be worth it for us and it TOTALLY was.
We had the entire place to ourselves because yesterday they hosted a big Halloween festival and had 3000 visitors. We were seriously the only non-staff there today.
We were greeted by a volunteer who gave us a personal tour and told us what we should see, then we explored on our own for a while. The kids really enjoyed the stock pond and wanted to fish forever...even though they didn't catch anything. ;) They actually asked if they could go back tomorrow, but I talked them out of it since tomorrow IS Halloween and all. ;)
We made this little trip because Joseph and Caroline have started an Oceanography unit in Moving Beyond the Page that started out with fresh water creatures as an introduction.
Check out these Killer Catfish. They were kind of scary. And large.
Joseph is throwing them some feed. Notice how far he is standing away from the tank. ;)
They really like that fish food.
I swear that one of them could have swallowed Libby whole.
The girls watching the catfish.
These "little" guys aren't nearly as scary.
Yay! One of all three of them!
Here are some of the kids fishing. This was really cool. As part of the entry fee (which was nominal....$5 for adults and %3.50 for kids) you get to go fishing in the catch and release stock pond. They provide rods, reels and bait.
Don't let them fool you. They LOOK bored, but they were just very relaxed. They had no desire to leave the stock pond. The weather was gorgeous...sunny and 60*. We don't get them like that often in North Texas!