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A Day at Kensington Metropark August 24, 2011

Posted by Danielle in Family Stuff.
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Well, we finally made it to the re-enactment at Kensington on August 14!  I’ve been wanting to go for a long time, and we’ve always had something else going on.  This year, Debb, Drake, and I went.  We had a great time and learned some new things about the American Revolution.  The whole set up was at Martindale Beach, and it was bigger than I thought it would have been… Lots of tents set up, and people were very friendly and open to questions.

The medical tent

The gentleman who was at this tent was extremely knowledgeable about the medicines and treatments that were commonly used.  He even offered to pull one of Drake’s teeth, if it was giving him any problems.  Drake’s eyes got huge and he declined.  Lucky for us, medicine has come a long way since then…

Re-enactment of a skirmish during the Revolution

We were fortunate enough to be around when there was a battle re-enactment.  One man narrated the entire thing, which was great.  He told the audience about the various weapons used as well as about the soldiers.  I never realized that many Native Americans fought for the British during the Revolution!

Portable cannon, used during the American Revolution

This cannon was very interesting.  It was portable, and apparently very useful to the side using it.

Milking cow at the farm

After checking out the camp, we went to the farm area.  There, we saw many animals, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, and chickens.  This is one of the milking cows at the farm.  I thought she had a sweet face.

Crested Ducks

Well, these ducks were quite interesting.  I have never seen this type of duck before.  Apparently, a genetic mutation causes a deformity in their skull, which results in the tuft of feathers growing at the top of their heads like that.  They looked perfectly normal though, other than their feathers on the tops of their heads.

Sandhill Crane parents

Sandhill Crane Family

These are some Sandhill cranes that we saw near the Nature Center at Kensington.  They were very fearless when it came to human beings… it was a little strange to be able to get so close to them, especially when they had their young with them.  The birds were quite unruffled, but we still stayed a little distance away.  No use in pressing our luck, right?  We also saw tons of chipmunks and birds.  One of the employees said that while they do not condone feeding birds during warmer months, during the winter they have a barrel of seeds, and you can come out and hand feed the birds.

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1. Steph Lee (Arty Carty) - September 2, 2011

What an interesting experience!! I thought the crested duck just had some abnormal feather growth, instead of a skull mutation – I just learnt something new. I’m looking forward to learning more from you on the TTCRD team.


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