Sunday, July 19, 2015

17 Mile House

This summer we are doing three coops of our own. Our first one was kind of a catastrophe. Everything we did took way longer than I planned and Mia accidentally knocked over a jar of pasta sauce that drenched several people. I didn't take any pictures because the whole thing was such a whirlwind crazy mess I completely forgot.

So when people started canceling out on our second coop I was secretly glad that maybe it would just go away and I wouldn't have to do it. But one family didn't cancel. And since this coop wasn't at my house, and the docent didn't seem to care how small our group was, I decided we would still do it. And I'm glad we did.

We took a tour of 17 Mile House.

17 mile house was a place for weary travelers to rest that was exactly 17 miles from Denver.

The tour started with a docent telling us all about children's lives years ago and a little bit about the history of the house and the different owners over the past 150 years.

Then she tied little aprons on the girls so they could go "egg Collecting".

We headed outside to learn more.

We learned about a milk house - a building with the sole purpose of storing milk. It was stored below ground to keep it cold pre-refrigeration.

Next, we walked through the barn, set up with all kinds of things one might have used 150 years ago.

We learned that windmills in the area were used to pump water up from the ground.

After learning all about the house and barn, we headed out for a nature walk. We learned that many of the grasses on the property are not native and were brought in during the Dustbowl Era from places all over the world to hold down the soil. Some of them are great for whistling!

The highlight of the coop - finding a toad!

We finished our coop by being allowed to eat lunch wherever we wanted. We chose the kitchen!

There was another group there doing a project for the Historical Society and one of the girls from that group let Mia and Anna play her harp.

The 17 Mile House was a great coop and we learned so much. We hope to go back for the Fall Festival in October!

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