While my husband was getting set- up and started the boys went next door to the swamp and tried to catch frogs. They realized that was hard work too, at least it was harder than it sounded since every frog they tried to catch either hopped or swam away. A few times the frogs even hopped right out of the net as they were trying to lower them into the bucket. It was fun watching them try to problem solve different solutions for sneaking up on the frogs and for trying to keep them in the net. They managed to catch a tadpole a time or two and a few small fish too. I think they finally caught a frog as well with a lot of help.
During lunch we were sitting on our patio and I happened to notice a baby snapping turtle next to one of the chairs. Ian picked it up and the boys started debating whether baby snapping turtles can bite you or not. Once my husband assured them it could still bite they were a bit more cautious but still inspected the shell, his tiny clawed feet, and his long tail. They talked about all the other times we've seen snapping turtles around here, the different sizes, and the time we saw one laying eggs. We put him back down on the patio and watched him, very quickly, scurry across it. Evan then picked him up and the boys walked him down the shore to release him near the water. Choruses of "he's swimming!" echoed a time or two as they watched the hatchling swim under our dock where we either lost him in the weeds or he hid until we were gone. We found toads and caterpillars this afternoon too. It's times like this, with these real live, impromptu, nature lessons that I love living on the lake!