I have for many years skipped over attending any of the popular Earth Day gatherings.Â The last one I attended many years ago in Central Park annoyed the ever living heck out of me, as a celebration that was meant to show how we are supposed to respect our planet and natural resources, left the park looking like a garbage dump, with plastic containers, bottles and wrappers everywhere.
So, instead, we packed our lunches, and headed to Bushkill Falls, to hike and spend the day with nature. Â We opted for the long Red Trail, so it really did wind up to be a full day adventure.
Saturday, I found an Ice Cream Maker at a local rummage sale.Â We had been talking about getting one for a while now, and this seemed like a great opportunity.Â Lessons of every sort abounded for everybody in the family.Â LatteGirl, learned how to make the ice cream, and while I tried to explain to her why it was so much better to have Ice Cream made from Fresh, rBGH free, locally farmed milk, she really wasn’t paying much attention to amything more than… “Is it done yet?”Â TheWife, at first complained about the cost.Â Since I bought a bag of ice and the cream from the corner store, making ice cream costs more than actually purchasing it at the store.Â For her I did get to point out the benefits both in terms of it not having to be shipped to our local grocers in refrigerated trucks from hundreds of miles away, plus that since our homemade ice cream is not pumped full of air, while the “size” of it was equal to about a quart of store bought ice cream, it actually weighed twice as much, since it is not pumped full of air to “fluff” it.
We are not the perfect green family… but we try to do what we can.