A few weeks ago we ended up at the first annual Space Race and Science and Engineering Festival. The kids started out with the Mercury run which was supposed to be 65m from Mercury to the Sun. Due to some logistical issues it was the only portion of our day not to scale, as they had the kids run from Pluto to the Sun and back. Matthew was a bit old for this race but a bit young for the 1k. He did much better than his last race and "won":
The run was scaled to actual solar system measurements and we ran from Neptune to the Sun, with Haley's Comet and this asteroid belt (of bubbles) thrown in for good measure:
The kids rode in the stroller most of the time but got out at Mercury for the last short stretch.
Matthew and I raced to the Sun but Catherine did it at her own pace, while my phone upgrade decided to hipster up my camera:
Then it was time for some learning and exploring. First up was the Van de Graaff generator:
The next day we decided to make it up to the M one more time. Since we have to discuss hiking it every time we drive anywhere in Bozeman and the kids spot it, we figured we may as well get another trip in before the snow flies. We also decided it was time to do some geocaching along the trail. I was super excited that the local paragliding company was up there until James told me about this story (http://www.kbzk.com/news/para-glider-collides-with-hiker-at-m/)that had happened less than 24 hours before! Luckily we were well on the other side when they came down:
We were racing a rain storm on our way down the mountain so that's where our pictures end. Matthew decided he wanted to start trail running. As one can imagine this involved one stubbed toe on a rock and a faceplant. However, Matthew recovered fairly well and kept "running" down the mountain. Our greatest tragedy though was the grasshopper who hit him in the face. That took a LOOOOONG time to get over. It was a very active, very fun weekend.