Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crayfish...Not just in the Boondocks.

Care to insert some tunes for your read? 
Little Big Town mentions Crayfish in their song, Boondocks! 

During a recent sunny afternoon, the kids and I decided to go crawdad/crayfish catching. I believe their fun Uncle Nathan and his brother taught them how to find them a year or two back. Since then we have gone out on the Washougal River three or four times. It is a fun time in the sun and sure beats the kids playing X-Box!

One year, the older kids and their friends brought several home and cooked ‘em up in boiling water and ate ‘em up like mini lobsters. This year, however, we just caught them for the sport of it and then released them again.

Our kids and some friends (ages 4 to 15) had fun, even those terrified of being in the water with anything that could “get them” had a blast searching and pointing to where they saw one, like hunters cornering their prey.

Caleb releasing the crayfish back into the water.

Thank you Dan for taking pictures with your phone.

  • Crayfish are farmed and are quite a lucrative business for many farmers across the nation.
  • There are over 300 species of freshwater crayfish in the USA with different colors, sizes and temperaments
  • Crayfish, when farmed are fed natural sources of food such as hay, grass and other vegetation.  They are also fed processed feed such as crayfish feed, sinking fish food, pellets and even dog food.
  • Some crayfish, in the right living conditions, can grow to be as long as a dollar bill or larger!
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Items needed for your Crayfish fun: sunblock, sunglasses and/or hat, swimsuit (you will get wet—the rocks can be slippery), a container such as a small cooler (emptied and filled with a few inches of the river water) to hold your catch, watersocks or sandals with a strap in the back (flip flops don’t work well) and a camera to record the fun.

Our favorite location: park at the Washougal skate park (old bowling alley) and follow the trail to the boat launch.

Have you come across any favorite free places to visit in the great NW, lately?

-Dr. Marc


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Keep 'Cool' With Homemade Popsicles

I've been eyeing homemade cool treats all over the web...

Three simple ingredients.  Perfect, right?
Yep, you guessed it--

I know what I'm making this afternoon!

Want to search for the perfect popsicle?
Here are another 50 popsicle recipes from Growing a Green Family
and 176 (!) popsicle recipes from Laura's Best Recipes

You can get creative with your popsicle molds by using muffin tins,
individual baking molds, or cups and popsicle sticks,
or you can pick yourself up an actual popsicle mold.
I'd like to get my hands on one of these stainless popsicle molds

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Have a great Wednesday,


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Help COLOR a Child's World!

Can you believe we're about a third done with August?  Summer seems to be hit and miss around here, but the beginning of the school year is definitely around the corner.

Since 2010, Davis Family Chiropractic has partnered with elementary schools in the Vancouver area to provide school children with the supplies they need for back to school.  Last year we had a tremendous outpour from Davis Family Chiropractic patients, friends and family.  This year, we're hoping to offer the same and more, to students in the area who are in need. 

In exchange for your support, and to say thank you, Davis Family Chiropractic is offering a free first visit (to include an in-depth check up, computerized scans and onsite x-rays, if necessary) for the month of August.  We are also accepting a bag of socks or underwear as well, in exchange for your first visit. 

You can help promote this cause by bringing in school supplies or by passing along this blog post url or by 'liking' the post on Facebook for others to see and use.

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Thanks for helping us
"Color a Child's World!"


Friday, August 5, 2011

Around Town This Weekend...

Hello friends!  My name is Cassie and I'm a Contributor to Life, Naturally.  You can read more about me in the 'about' section if you are interested, but I will tell you that I love the Northwest, being outdoors, finding fun (especially free) things to do on the weekend, and cooking healthy and delicious meals for my family.  So these are the sort of things I'll be writing about on this blog.  Keep your eyes peeled, because my other job is to keep you informed of giveaways, promotions and other fun things!

Since it's now officially the weekend, I've rounded up a few activities that I think may peak your interest...

Downtown Camas Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival   Fri. 5-8pm & Sat. 9-4pm
There will be quilts displayed up and down the street, along with raffles, make-and-takes and demonstrations.

Soar With Books: Toddler Story Time at Pearson Air Museum  Sat. 10am
"This story time includes an age appropriate tour of the museum along with an airplane story read beneath the wings of a historic aircraft, followed by a craft project...."
Adults (16 and older) $3
Youth (15 and under) Free
Family $5

Clark Country Fair!  Runs Aug. 5-14  Unlimited rides for $25 till 11pm tonight.  Want to add some beachy tunes to your summer?  The Beach Boys perform tonight at 7:30pm.  Tickets to the concert are not included with fair admission. 

What are you up to this weekend?  Anything happening that we should know about?

Enjoy the sun,

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This information on this web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting Dr. Marc, your pediatrician or family doctor.

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