I'm reading of wild winter storms in the midwest and thinking of poor stranded travelers in airports and, worse, in cars. But if your safe and warm a quiet day at home, enforced solitude, can be a sweet day. When we homeschooled in Pennsylvania we often took "snow days." Some mothers love the fact that a homeschooled student can always get to school. I loved those unexpected days off. Kids could play in the house, and in the snow. There was lots of hot chocolate, cookies in the oven, and read alouds on the couch under the quilt. Here in sub-tropical Arkansas, I've promised my kids a snow day every time it snows. It just doesn't happen often and "ice days" don't conjure up the same warm emotions. If your in the car today, have safe travels. If your home, which is always nicer, make the choice to savor the day. And now, Ally's quiz:
Geography Quiz: South America
1. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains, Quito is the second highest capital in the world. Quito is the capital of what country?
2. Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, is in the Orinoco River System in what country?
3. Lake Titicaca and Lake Popoo are connected by the Desaguadero River in what country?
4. The Gran Chaco was made by river deposits from the Andes Mountains and is mostly free of stones. The Gran Chaco is in Paraguay and which other countries?
5. The Atacama Desert is the driest place on earth with an average rainfall of .004 in. per year. What country is the Atacama Desert in? (Bonus fact: Ally just told me that one part of the desert hadn't had rain for 400 years.)
Bonus Question: The southernmost tip of South America is known by what name?
4. Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia
Bonus Question: Cape Horn