We made a list of things we would like to do this summer. Some of the things on the list were jobs that needed to get done, others were fun things that we wanted to do as a family.
For the most part, everything on the list was completed. It did take us clear until Labor Day to get the final one accomplished. It was a trip to the Salt Museum in Hutchinson. Elizabeth went for a school field trip and ever since, Erik wanted to go.
We spent afternoon during Labor Day Weekend. Before going underground, we had to watch a video about safety precautions. Everyone had to wear a hard hat as well as carry a mask that would cleanse the air if there was an explosion–all pleasant things to think about before going underground. This mining does seem much different than that of the coal mines which we are always hearing about.
Walls of salt underground.
Writing on the walls to let people know where they had been in the mining process.
Brown Family Miners
Superman's costume preserved underground.
Snowman from Jack Frost
Erik enjoys fishing and the rest of us tolerate it because he loves it sooo much. I don’t think the rest of us combined know as much or are as good as he is. Erik had several opportunities to fish during the summer. The first time he went to a fishing derby with the Rec Center at East Lake. He was a sport and did everything with mom just along to get him from point A to point B. The next time he attempted fishing was at a small lake down the street from our housing development. It was a very windy day, and the only thing that happened was his hot dogs kept falling off the hook. Finally in August, Erik met success!! We went to Rita and John’s house, we all go to church together, for a picnic. Erik was able to catch several fish, but put them back in the pond. His last fishing adventure was with the youth group and several men from the church. They went to another fishing area which has certain criteria before fish can be kept….Well this is no fish story, but Erik caught one that was 18″ long, but it had to be 21 or 24″ to keep. Of course, he was on the other side of the lake so I don’t have any pictures. Jim has promised him a fishing license and several trips to this fishing area next summer.
Next adventure…learning to clean and cook fish!