Up and down the brook I ran,
where beneath the banks so steep,
Lie the spotted trout asleep.
"A brook is undoubtedly the most fascinating bit of geography which the child encounters and yet how few children who happily play in the brook -- wading, making dams...or watching schools of tiny minnows -- ever dream that they are dealing with real geography. The geography lesson on the brook should not be given for the purpose of making work out of play, but to conserve all the natural interest in the brook, and to add to it by revealing other and more interesting facts concerning the brook. A child who thus studies it will master some of the fundamental facts of physical geography, so that ever after he will know and understand all streams, whether they are brooks or rivers."
--Anna Botsford Comstock, "Handbook of Nature Study," p. 736
Scott took Eldest and Middlest up into the mountains on Saturday, to see what the fishing was like at Mineral King. If it had not rained just before they arrived, the plentiful fish may have actually bitten. Instead, they enjoyed the view, ate their lunches, and then rushed back to the dry car when the skies opened up again.
While the rain drizzled down on the slow, windy road home, they caught glimpses of both a brown bear and a mountain lion -- which made up for not catching any fish!