tragedy that befell the Balch Family, one of the first pioneering families in Oregon. I certainly wasn't expecting our little outing to lead to a discussion about capital punishment, but that's one of the things I love most about homeschooling. There really is learning to be had just about everywhere you go.
The highlight for Elliot was spotting this hairy woodpecker. He's been wanting a picture of one of these birds for his book.
It was beautiful and tranquil - all of the trees are covered in moss and the creek is full from all the rain.