Monday, September 26, 2011

Dog Creek Falls

Dog Creek Falls is a creek 30 min north of Redding that feeds into the Sacramento River. It has a beach of river rocks that have very cool colors and shapes. I found a rock that I call the leaf rock because it looks like a leaf and another rock that is shaped like a nail.
At Dog Creek there is also a natural slide into a small pool. Is that cool or what?  It was too cold for me to slide down the natural slide but I did find a frog.  A little later, my brother was trying to catch a baby water strider and when he couldn't, he threw the plastic tub towards me but it landed in the river and it was gone before we could get it.  We both felt very bad.  We didn't mean to litter.  When we come next time, we are going to pick up the trash that others left.

This is how you get there:
First, you get on the freeway that heads north until you come to Exit 707,  then take it. Come to the end of the exit and turn left.  Continue under the freeway until you get to a street called Fender Ferry Road.  Turn left onto Fender Ferry, drive approximately two miles across three bridges, and then park. Follow a trail downstream of the bridge.  Caution! The road to get there is a bumpy, dirt road.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Snow Experiments

One day, there were snowflakes falling.  So I decided to get two plastic tubs.  I filled one of them with fresh new snow and the other with old snow.  I did not pack them down.  Then I took them inside and waited for each one to melt. I wanted to find out which one had the most water.  My hypothesis was that they would have the same amount of water.
I let it melt and later came back to look at them.  The fresh, new snow had the least amount of water.  The old snow had the most amount of water.  

While I waited, I took a black piece of paper outside and caught some snowflakes.   I could see many different kinds of snowflakes.  My favorite is the one at the top.  Here is a fun website to learn more about snowflakes.