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OMSI
Stevie
08/14/2009, Waterfront Portland

One of our favorite haunts is OMSI the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Stevie: The "Case of good health". It displays what you should do with your body and how to take good care of it. How to take care of our hearing and a bunch of other stuff.
The CSI exhibit is really not for young kids. Mabey ok for 16 and up. It is really gory! There is stuff on real murder and its not that very good for young kids to see.
We did science! Chemistry and the study of bases and acids. I tried mixing baking powder with cabage. It turned base in ph. When you shake the test tube it becomes the lowest color when a base. That's how I could tell.
We ran the container ship crain model. Then went for lunch in the cafe and I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich. After we built boats and tested them in the water. We built both sail and power boats. They still had the earth quake house and we experienced a 6.5 richter quake. What I liked best was the room with millions of balls that we got to use electricity and air power to knock them around.
Photo courtesy of www.omsi.edu website

Mt Vernon
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Potomac River , VA

On our way up the Potomac from St Mary's we stopped at the Washington Plantation, Mt Vernon named by Georges older Brother after a British Admiral. The channel and dock are narrow and shallow. If you have over 5 feet of draft you are better off anchoring just downriver about a 1/4 mile from the plantation. We set a hook just inside the close3st green marker and took the dinghy into the dock. Make sure you inquire about where to place your dinghy as there are numerous ferries that come and go here. The tickets can be purchased at the giftshop down by the water . We toured the estate that Queen Elizabeth once refered to as " A quaint little cottage" from the fields to the manor house and all the shops for smithing, carpentry, gardening ect in between.
Washington was inovative in a couple of notible areas. First he was the first to grow wheat as a cash crop instead of tobacco and he began the process of rearing mules for farm labor instead of using horses. We learned that tobacco depleates the soil entirely after 2 years and it takes 25 years to put the nutrients back into the soil. Though the acting staff were using a horse to plow that day there were several mules on the property which we learned had come from stock that were given the Washingtons from the King of Spain. Mules as it turns out are harder working, need less water and are smarter than the horse in that a horse will work itself to death where a mule will simply stop working. The saying "stubborn as a mule" comes from the mules propencity for self preservation.
George and Martha are still intered here on the property just down the bank from the main house.
If you visit be sure and plan the whole day as there is so much to see.

Printing Press
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's Village

While taking the tour of old St Mary's we came apona young woman who works in the printing house. Here she sets type and prints the flyers used around the village. She gave us a wonderfull introduction to the magic of the printing process. Ever wondered where the terms Upper and Lower Case came from. Well type setters had a large tray in front of them with numerous pockets for each piece of type. The smaller letters were more numerous and used more often so therefore these were placed in the lower trays "Lower Case" and the Capitols used less seldom were placed up out of the way in the Upper Case.
All three of the kids stepped up and made themselves handy doing all the various facets of running the press. We have a copy of a notice stating that after more than 300 years the Catholic cathedral after being newly rebuilt will be dedicated on September 30th 2009.

Young Engineers
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Omarsea HomeSchool

In working with geometric shapes and angles we happened across some of the more interesting applications to our intro to Algebra. Quickly concieving the notion that hands on migh work better than paper and pencile we moved from the drawing board right to the workshop and dragged out the old connects for this project.
Balancing equations can be pretty dull stuff in the classroom even in homeschool so we decided to build a catapult to measure the F=MA equation I gave the kids. Granted the force was pretty subjective as you had to pull the lever back to a given mark on the machine. But it worked suficiently well enough to get the essage across. We were looking at how far a catapult would send objects of differing mass flying across the boat. This worked out much better than I expected as we could set the catapult up with fairly consistent results for a given object and really see how the heavy objects did not go as far as their lighter counterparts.
Then it became all about range and angles to make the objects fly farther. We had accidentaly begun the physics of trajectory and rocket science. The boys played with this for over 3 hours that morning taking measurements and recording their findings to later graph them and show Jean and I.

ST Mary's Anchorage
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Horseshoe Cove

Cruising up the Bay we found that there are too many places to explore so we chose a few we had heard about and never visited when we lived here BK (Before Kids). St mary's is a well protected area with excellent holding and good breezes to keep you cool. The College maintains a dock that visiting Yachtsman can tie their dinghy's to for free and explore the grounds and the historic St Mary's site.
Entering from the Bay you will find the water deep (23' at it's lowest) and the river wide. Numerous mansions line the water with long flowing green lawns. We found it to be a place numerous boats come foro the weekend though Horseshoe bay is so huge that there is no crowding here.
St Mary's itself is quiet safe and very relaxing. We had many a good nights sleep here without worries of anchor dragging or the sounds of civilization.

Tornado Ahead
Extremly Hazardous
07/14/2009, Annapolis MD

An hour after arriving in Annapolis we were beset by strong thunderstorms comming up out of the West. The hook was set well just off the Naval Academy and we were busy getting dinner ready when I happened to look up and see a huge funnel cloud forming immediately off the bow. This ring of dark fast moving clouds was turning counter clockwise at scary fast pace and as Jean and I watched it intensified. The sky began to turn an ugly green black color and the wind lept from a gentle breeze to well over 35 kts shutting down our wind generator. I told Jean to get below and keep the kids low, that I would be right after her and to try and stay away from the galley with the loose pots and can goods. As she turned to go below the funnel dropped suddenly toward the boat some 1500 feet. The winds increased and we began to get big drops of rain. Just as the cloud edged over the water it disintegrated as quickly as it had formed. We estimated it had been nearly a mile in diameter. It was a very close call.

Annapolis
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, Maryland

We travelled to Annapolis to get some work done on the boat. While there we had a number of wild adventures. But more on those to come.
We first anchored out off the main harbor. Cruisers with boats longer than 48' will need to anchor as the mooring field caters to smaller vessels.
For homeschool today we visited the Maryland State house home of the General Assembly and the site where George Washington gave is famous retirement speach as he stepped down as leader of the Colonial forces. The capitol was designed in Baroque style with two circles and a radiating fan of streets. One circle for the King the statehouse and the other for God with Church circle. It seems that separating the state from the church has been around much longer than most people I know fully realize. The downtown area here oozes history and the nearby Naval Achademy is a great tour.

Having a Bad Day?
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's State house

Part of the historic site is this set of stocks and whipping post outside the State House. We can't remember what Jean did wrong but she seems to enjoy the punishment.

Maryland Dove
Scott Trefethen
07/14/2009, St Mary's MD

One of the oldest settlements in Maryland, St Mary's is a great cruising destination. St Mary's today is not much bigger than it was 300 years ago. The State has recreated life in the 1600's with numerous buildings, plantations, the original State house and a newly opening Catholic church. Maryland founded by the Baltimores and the Calverts was an early experiment in freedom of religion. Here all faiths were alowed to practice thier beliefs for nearly a hundred years untill the king of England declared that all Catholics in the colony could no longer attend organized mass.
This ship the Dove is a replica of one of two ships that arrived in the early 1600's and made numerous passages between the new world and England. The crew speaking old English instructed the visitors in the fine art of loading and firing a swivel gun.

Blue Water Sailing
06/16/2009




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