Now as the curtain opens and the audience readies its suspended disbelief, it is our fourth and final night at NatureBridge. Many students thought at one time or another that this play would never end, but as the curtain closes one last time along with their eyes, it's hard to believe this wondrous production in nature's auditorium has finished its last run.
Salmon, trout, and other fish are also approaching their last runs, and we were able to see some of the backstage magic of the hatchery on the Sol Duc River. We toured the whole facility—from the millions of coho salmon eggs being cuddled and cared for to the trout being raised and readied to be released (as you can see in the attached picture). We also viewed the returning salmon, who have come back to spawn.
We still have one last morning on Friday with plenty of science and exploration on the playbill, but then we pack up and head out, bound for home. This is the last entry for this trip and I think it is fitting to turn to the Bard. Dear Shakespeare with Puck's immortal words take us out:
If we teachers have offended,
think but this, and all is mended,
that your child has but slumber'd at home,
and you have not been there all alone.
Know this week was not an idle dream,
yielding a strong science and nature theme.
Gentles, do not take up arms,
as all will return, unscathed, unharmed.
And, as I am an honest Pete,
if we have not learned, then speak.
For we have studied and tested true,
climbed mountains and paddled canoes.
Else the Pete a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
and pick up your child at 4, at day's end.