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Last Friday, fifty-nine folks braved the cold and met in Red Springs to see wild cats from around the world. Even though the Educational Director was out with bronchitis, we had a great tour and learned a lot. See what Zachary E. had to say about his experience.
Lions and Tigers and Bobcats, Oh My!
We went to Tiger Creek and I loved it! The cats looked ferocious and I saw my friends. We had a very kind tour guide, named Alysa, who told us lots of facts about the cats. There were many tigers, one bobcat named Bob, a leopard, and male and female lions. One of the tigers who is very smart, named Max, was recently filmed and is training to be a movie star. One pair of lions were rescued after their home was hit by a tropical storm. Another tiger had a sister who bit his tail off. Because of this she was removed from his area and the brother got the largest pin-never to share again. All the cats are in cages and one started "chasing" us in its cage. Guess what their chew toys are? Large, heavy, 50-gallon water jugs. One cat, Surge, demolished a white one! They have a gift shop and I bought a tiger stuff animal which I named Surge. They also had a penny press. After the tour we picnicked at the picnic tables on the grounds and I can't wait to go back in the summer when its not as cold.
How often do our teens get a chance to hang out with a popular musician? Even better, how often is that musician a priest? Just last Saturday, three of our Holy Hearts' members had the remarkable opportunity to meet and listen to Father Stan Fortuna as he led a retreat entitled, Teach Me How to Pray. Super cool!
Last Friday, the 10th, our group of about thirty converged in Lindale at Parrot Park for a tour and picnic. The weather was beautiful, the energies were high, and except for the deafening bell, it was an unforgettable morning. Read below to see what Molly E. had to say about the day.
We went on a field trip to Parrott Park at Old Mill Pond in Lindale, TX. We had a guide there who showed us around and told us about all the things used from 1850-1950 for farming. First we got to see the water wheel which was really amazing because it powered the grinder for the corn. He told us that if you brought your corn to the mill to be ground you would have to agree on how much corn the owner would keep as his pay. Then he showed us the tractors. Back then they weren’t used like today’s tractors but they were used to power other things. My favorite part was the instruments. Some of them looked like they were made out of junky stuff like card board boxes and others looked a lot like they do today. They had a refrigerator that looked like a tin barrel and you lowered into a well till it almost touched the water and that would keep it about 32 degrees. I also liked all of the old medicines and some of them are still here today but look different. He took us into a barn that was full of old farming tools like a two man chainsaw. He talked about how you could buy a kit which you would be able to turn your old car into a tractor. It was a lot of fun and I am definitely going to remember all the things I learned there.
On Friday, September 26, a group of us visited the East Texas State Fair. It was a BEAUTIFUL day! Carolyn C. wrote all about it. Enjoy!
A Little Feeling of Art
When we went to the fair, we went to the Art exhibit! We saw art that was made of... Lego’s, cardboard and paper. Also there was steel, cotton, paint and even random things you can find around your house like thimbles and buttons. How cool is that? (PS. Also dolls!)There was even sand art. It was ginormous! It had stars on the back and on the front there was a clown in a barrel. There was also an elephant About the honey bees, they can do all sorts of art. They make honey and their art color is yellowish-orange. Bees also have jobs. So let’s start with the queen bee. The queen bee lays eggs. Did you know that she can lay about 2,000 a day? Huh? What was that? Oh, yeah, thanks. Now let’s go on to the worker bees. The worker bees have 2 pollen baskets and they have 6 legs. (All bees have 6 legs). Anyway, the worker bees are females and they are always females. They take the pollen to the nest and they also are the ones you see all the time on the flowers. Let’s move on (Buzz, Buzz, Buzz). Okay, enough buzzing. As I was saying the male bees, also known as drones, help the queen. And as you see all the drones surround the queen while she is laying an egg. Speaking of God’s art, now we are going on to animals. We saw cows, (the majority of bulls were there). So all the bulls had horns and were very, very, very humongous. All the cows were placed on the other side of the bulls space. And have you ever noticed bulls are attracted to red? We had a red cup and that was not the first time that I ever saw a bull stare at me. We ate lunch in an air conditioned room. WOOHOO!! Lunch was pretty nice. All of us got to see mostly everything.