Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Holland, MI

A big thunderstorm came through during the Festival, so Trevor headed back to the hotel for a bit.

Then he went to see the Windmill Island "Dutch Village" in Holland.

The village has a bunch of little shops:

...and a windmill that is just the right size for bears!

Trevor visited the full size windmill, and got to sit on the original grindstone.

He also got to see the working flour grinding equipment inside the mill.

Lots of wooden shoes for sale!

After seeing the village, Trevor went on a walk along the waterfront.

He also saw a big field of wildflowers in bloom...

And then had a slice of raspberry pie at Crane's Pie Pantry. Yum!!

Michigan Fiber Festival

Last week Trevor flew out to Michigan to go to the Michigan Fiber Festival!

The second plane flew just 20 minutes across Lake Michigan, a tiny Embraer. Trevor is waiting to board in Milwaukee.

A view of the Michigan coastline including our destination, Holland MI.

Before the festival, Trevor went to some classes and learned a lot about felt-making!

During the festival, Trevor met all kinds of wooly animals! He got a close look at a big camel:

Also some shorn alpacas:

And a sheep with lots of horns!

This sheep is being shorn, and isn't too happy about it.

Finally, sheepdog demos!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Greenbelt National Park

Trevor headed across the street on Saturday morning to check out Greenbelt National Park. First he went to the ranger station to stamp his passport. There was a bonus, and he got to stamp for the B-W Parkway as well - he took the Parkway to go to Hobby Lobby the other weekend.

Then he went to the Dogwood Trail for a short hike.

This big sign has a warning about ticks, but a nice ranger gave Trevor some insect repellant to wear. Trevor didn't want to risk getting quarantined on his way home if he caught Lyme disease!

A mysterious marker along the trail...

Trevor takes a break on a handy bench.

Red tree blazes help mark the correct trail. Trevor did not want to end up getting lost like in Blair Witch Project, which was filmed nearby.

It started pouring rain as soon as Trevor got home, so he had to put off visiting the rest of Greenbelt until later.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mt. Airy, Maryland

Last weekend, Trevor headed up to Mt. Airy to pick blackberries! The picking was only "fair", and he had to crawl around to find ripe berries. He did pretty well, and picked 4 pounds!

When he got home, he helped make a blackberry streusel pie:

...and then helped eat the finished pie!