Monthly Archives: August 2016

Huzzah River 8.28.16

Hello Huzzah!

Hello Huzzah!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So refreshing!

So refreshing!

Very pristine and quiet today; we barely saw any people!

Very pristine and quiet today; we barely saw any people!

We opted to rent canoes for the convenience factor; maybe next time we'll bring ours

We opted to rent canoes for the convenience factor; maybe next time we’ll bring ours

Checking out the tadpoles

Checking out the tadpoles

And looking for cool rocks

And looking for cool rocks

A fertility goddess rock! haha

A fertility goddess rock! haha

Nice and clear

Nice and clear

Pooch Paradise

Pooch Paradise

Good Stick

Good Stick

Five humans, two dogs, two canoes!

Five humans, two dogs, two canoes!

Very silly

Very silly

Dexie rode along most of the way but also swam a lot!

Dexie rode along most of the way but also swam a lot!

Dexie and Maggie

Dexie and Maggie

Many different wildflowers along the banks.

Many different wildflowers along the banks.

And what do we have here?

And what do we have here?

Weeeeeee!

Weeeeeee!

Yahooooo!

Yahooooo!

So fun!

So fun!

Maggie and Aunt Spy BFFs

Maggie and Aunt Spy BFFs

Almost a frog!

Almost a frog!

Serious about rocks

Serious about rocks

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Fishes

Fishes

Refreshed and rejuvinated: on to Monday!!! We love rivers and will most definitely return to the Huzzah!

I Spy Cahokia Mounds

Mounds of dirt? Count us in!

Mounds of dirt? Count us in!

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia. (from the Cahokia Mounds website)

The museum was very nice and not busy at all today.

The museum was very nice and not busy at all today.

There was a short movie and various exhibits that surmised the lifestyles of the “Mississippians” (couldn’t they have thought of a more exotic name?!) who inhabited this area/built these mounds. The “Golden Age” of Cahokia was apparently AD 1100-1200.

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So my critique (ever the skeptic) of the above picture is..I doubt they mowed the lawn on those mounds.

Makes me want to go digging for arrowheads/trinkets!

Makes me want to go digging for arrowheads/trinkets!

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The above picture isn’t the greatest, but I was shocked at the scale of Monks Mound (the biggest mound at Cahokia; the green model in the center) in comparison to the Great Pyramid of Cheops (top right). Monks Mound is 14 acres at the base and 100 feet high; the pyramid is taller (481 feet) but 13 acres at the base. Most people can picture an Aztec pyramid (e.g. Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico far left) but I would say the Illinois dirt mounds definitely get a lot less fame, right? I guess rocks are more impressive than dirt (to some!). Exhibit B:

A model of "Wood Henge" (like a giant sundial calendar thing)

A model of “Wood Henge” (like a giant sundial calendar thing)

Have you ever heard of wood henge? Didn’t think so! But I bet you’ve heard of the stone version!

Bunny rabbit!

Bunny rabbit!

Better behave Butkus!! hahaha

Better behave Butkus!! hahaha

Acorn squash! That's (hopefully) going to be me in a few weeks...

Winter squash! That’s (hopefully) going to be me in a few weeks…

Right here!

Right here! (though I may wear a shirt while I harvest)

Really cool doors at the visitor center

Really cool doors at the visitor center

And finally, on to the mounds…

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There's one!

There’s one!

And another

And another

You can't really tell from this photo but this was a huge turkey

You can’t really tell from this photo but this was a huge turkey

See all the turkey heads in the distance?

See all the turkey heads in the distance?

Moth

Moth

Two tiered mound

Two tiered mound

Turkey silhouette

Turkey silhouette

Haybales view

Haybales view

The property kind of reminded me of Shaw Nature Preserve

The property kind of reminded me of Shaw Nature Preserve

I was also reminded of that terrifying movie Apocalypto. So we tried to get in touch with the vibes of these ancient grounds…

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Come on kids, let’s pretend you’re being marched up that pyramid to be sacrificed!

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Fun, right?!

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The kids headed up the first round of steps

The kids headed up the first round of steps

This is at the top of Monk's Mound; you can see it is quite vast!

This is at the top of Monk’s Mound; you can see it is quite large.

The view was really great…

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And there you have it…The Great Pyramids of Giza, The temples of the Aztec Empire, Stonehenge…no need to go so far if you’re wanting to see some ancient digs; just check out Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois!

Five!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Carrot Cake Birthday Cake

Carrot Cake Birthday Cake

Presents!

Presents!

Thanks Nana and Pop for all the books and great presents and for being here!!

Thanks Nana and Pop for all the books and great presents and for being here!!

Best shirt!

Best shirt!

Birthday Bouquet

Birthday Bouquet

And a big birthday surprise….

What's this?!!

What’s this?!!

Bunnies!!

Bunnies!!

Bunny condo

Bunny condo

The best presents! Thanks Aunt Crissy for all the Hello Kitty gear!!

The best presents! Thanks Aunt Crissy for all the Hello Kitty gear!!

And thanks Aunt Alison for this very cool doll!

And thanks Aunt Alison for this very cool doll (and other goodies;)!

She was nice enough to let him have the big guy; which he named...

She was nice enough to let him have the big guy; which he named…

Butkus (as in Dick Butkus the football player)

Butkus (as in Dick Butkus the football player)

And meet Bun Bun and Fluff Fluff

And meet Bun Bun and Fluff Fluff

Gaaahhhhh!!! So adorable! I’m sure your in for A LOT more bunny pictures if you follow Spy Garden! So exciting for Babyzilla as she LOVES animals.

Birthday Crown at Forest School

Birthday Crown at Forest School

Little...

Little…

Forest sprite; always one with nature!

Forest sprite; always one with nature!

Happy Birthday!