Ok, I’ll admit it. That’s weird even by homeschooler standards.
Let me take a step back and explain.
The LaPaz gang are immersed in a study of Native Americans right now. JBug was reading in her book, Tree in the Trail (by Holling C. Holling) that one reason meat was hung to dry was to make it lighter for the dogs to carry (this part of the story is set in pre-horse “dog days”).
So we decided to do an experiment to see just how that worked.
We got some extra-lean beef (to mimic bison as best we could), cut it into thin strips, and JBug weighed it out.
She cut down some saplings and made a drying frame (getting boy scout Sam to help with the lashing), added hooks and line, and hung the meat to dry in the sunshine and fresh air.
We expected it to be safe on the porch to dry for a few days.
All set. Except we didn’t count on these cheeky little guys showing up:
thinking it’s dinner time…
and preparing to seriously skew our data…
And since we didn’t want them to accidentally get caught by a fish hook, we decided we had no choice but to bring the whole contraption indoors.
Which is how we ended up with meat drying in the living room.
See. Not so weird after all, right?
Tell me these kinds of things happen to you, too.
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