We started our day on our way east. The kids had breakfast and wrote on their journals at Battle Creek Rest stop. It was a gorgeous sunny morning.
Sorry for the blurry pictures. I took it late at night. Both kids were super excited to write about the zoo visit.
Next, we visited Waterloo State Recreation Area in Grass Lake, MI. It has a wonderful discovery center, a wildlife viewing deck, and some great little hiking trails for the kids to explore. We were able to see several herons.
We walked around on the trails picking sticks, and looking for butterflies.
On our way, we found rock gardens. Each spot had one of the three types: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. The kids were excited to climb on the sedimentary rocks. Big sister was very interested (maybe a unit to come?) . She pointed at the different qualities of the rocks.
The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center was amazing! It has a lot of displays with tons of buttons to press and neat things to see and touch.
By far their favorite part was the Geology Discovery Room. They were able to see a lot of specimens like giant quartz, amethyst, and pyrite.
In this picture, they were exploring some of the rocks
The Discovery Center also had some real animals on display. I loved the benches that allowed Little Guy to get close to them. He got to see the naturalist feed the turtle.
Next, we were on the road again. We stopped for lunch and ball playing at Chelsea Rest Stop.
After a little under an hour, we made it to the hotel in the Detroit Airport area.
Finally, we went swimming. The kids decided to do laps. It is such an amazing relief to know they can swim! I still will be there just to watch!