The silent winter air at Tanamye Ranch was overwhelmed with the shuffling of snow pants, worn by the First Cache Creek Beavers.
Sue and Gary Willis graciously hosted a fun filled day for the Beavers at their beautiful property in Loon Lake on Jan. 15. The adventure began with a ceremony where the Beavers snap into role and the Beaver law of “share share share” is in full effect. This was highlighted when the older sibling of a Beaver was overheard telling the young Beaver not to let the other Beavers use their new GT they had just gotten for Christmas. The young Beaver then reminded the most respected older brother that sharing was a Beaver function and just exactly what the Beaver law is. Hooray for small victories!
The day was filled with a nature walk to find some of their own kind. The curious pack was eager to find the owners of the beaver dam that was being built on the calming river. As quietly as they could be, the children waited to spy on some animals in action. The sharp tooth counterparts didn’t make an appearance, but the children went home with a pocketful of woodchips that the animals had left behind.
The children then continued on their walk, seeking out animal prints in the snow. Gary had so kindly ploughed the steep incline of the road and placed orange cones out for the kids to spot the various tracks. I am 100 percent sure they didn’t realize that the cones were spread out just enough to keep them walking up the hill without any complaint, intrigued as to what the next set of prints could be.
The afternoon events included a hot dog and marshmallow roast, as well some ice skating in the backyard or sledding down the hill. The busy day ended in celebration with hot chocolate and the 5-6 year olds getting their “Winter Beaver” Badges.
The First Cache Creek Beavers meet every Thursday from 6-7 pm at the Cache Creek Elementary School.