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Day Two - We Get Into a Spot of Bother

2012 Session 1 - Juniorsgever2 Comments

It was a foggy morning. A very foggy morning. We almost didn't leave the house. But if we hadn't left, we never would have had the adventures we had - and if we had known what we were in for, we probably would have stayed home. IMG 0812 We arrived at the beach under thick overcast and occasional wisps of ground fog. Sophia wondered what manner of day this would be.IMG 0824 Like a scene from an Edward Gorey book, we trudged out onto the wild beach.

IMG 0833 Hayden was very unsure about the need for a handsaw at the beach, but seemed happy to have it nonetheless.

IMG 0849 Then the tinkerers realized just what manner of beach we had arrived at - one literally covered with driftwood!

IMG 0895 Jared decides to work on an "unfinished" fort. Who would leave the thing half-built?

IMG 0897 It turns out that having a saw at a beach that is covered with wood is very fine thing indeed. Lauren cannot resist the urge to shorten a long log.

IMG 0900 The sea-serpent sculpture grows rapidly as Sophia and Gretchen add perfect sticks from all over the beach.

IMG 0906 Alonzo works on the new clubhouse from the inside.

IMG 0918 This place needs a bar you can swing on, and Blake has a plan.

IMG 0919 It works!

IMG 0938 Whittling is a traditional activity at Tinkering School, and any time you need to take a whittling break you can. Connor seems to be getting the knack.

IMG 0947 Sophia and Josie discover some "fairly fresh" sea palm that they think might be great as spines on the sea serpent.

IMG 0957 Chane and Gretchen take a break in the serpent's gaping mouth.

IMG 0966 Sophia and Josie have joined the mining operation, and are so engrossed that Ana has to bring them their lunches.

IMG 0983 Hayden relaxes under the driftwood canopy that he helped assemble.

IMG 1026 The new Surf Simulator quickly becomes a favorite.

IMG 1030 The bar is now open at the Smoking Tiger club. Bartender Alonzo is mixing up delicious tangerine halves.

IMG 1032 That's a hand-carved bar-top thanks to the ever-industrious Blake and his handy hand-saw.

The plan for the day was to pick up some building supplies on the way home from the beach... little did we know what was waiting for us in the forest.

IMG 1050 As is our habit at Tinkering School these days, if we need wood, we go out and cut it ourselves. A local grove of eucalyptus trees seems to provide and endless supply of saplings and Connor sets himself to fell one.

IMG 1063 Timber!

IMG 1066 Trees that are felled have to be cut up into lengths that we can carry on the truck. Josie cuts one down to size.

This was our last happy moment in the woods, because just moments later we were set upon by yellow jackets. "Back to the cars!" yelled Gever, "No questions, just GO!"

Gever took the brunt of the assault as he helped get the kids into the truck and pulled the vicious insects off the tinkerers. With 7 stings, he got to eat the most cake after dinner, Sophia and Lauren each got a sting as well, and Hayden narrowly avoided getting stung on the knee, but Gever grabbed the angry yellow jacket before it could sting him.

IMG 1090 While Gever and the dinner crew got things going in the kitchen, some of the tinkerers went up to the barn to work on the "secrect" go-cart project.

IMG 1093 Missy (not her real name) keeps a wary eye on the go-cart builders.

IMG 1104 Brave test-pilots try out the finicky vehicle, both off-road...

IMG 1107 ...and on.

IMG 1111 Hayden tries out the Flintstone-style brakes.

IMG 1115 "Jared did awesome!" said Hayden.

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