went on a field trip today to see an authentic replica of Columbus'
ship, the Santa Maria, which sits in the Scioto River in downtown
Columbus. The kids got free tickets from the summer reading program at
the library (I can't make enough plugs about our library's summer
program). Eric went with us, and so did Austin, our neighbor who did
not have school again today (still no power in much of the city). He
had a free ticket as well, so it cost us a total of $7 for this field
trip. Ava was free because she is under 5 (barely, I know). I say all
of this for those of you who are local because it really was a fun,
inexpensive field trip (and I know some of you got those free tickets as
Lukas studied Christopher Columbus last week, so these tickets were well-timed for us. He has been begging to go since we got them, but we waited until now so that it coincided with our curriculum. The trip got postponed twice, once due to rain, and once because Mommy didn't realize that they weren't open on Monday (but it wouldn't have mattered anyway because of the whole electricity issue). Today was finally the day, and we couldn't have chosen a more perfect day. It was warm and sunny and so pleasant outside. I wish we had packed a picnic because it would have been a perfect spot for that.
The entire tour of the ship took about 45 minutes. It was interesting enough to keep Ava's attention, which is a big deal! We learned quite a bit about ships and sailing in the 15th century. Here are some notes of interest to me: