This was the view from our window. The rooms are right on the ocean, which was lovely, but it was rainy and windy the whole time. Oh well.
This was a project Orion worked on off and on the whole trip. It is a solar factory, complete with panels and batteries lol!
But the highlight of the trip was the Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio! I had read online about being able to do your own glass blowing, and there was an age limit, which Orion was several years away from. I was hoping they would let him at least watch and do part of the process along with Ron, but they let him do pretty much the whole thing! The lady said most kids his age don't have the attention span or will seem like they aren't being safe, but she goes by the kid, and Orion was GREAT! There were some thing he didn't want to do, so Ron did those, but he was involved in almost all the steps! I did my best taking pictures while holding Akasha. It wasn't exactly the kind of place she could run around lol, and we couldn't go in with them as there were no glasses that fit her, so I did my best from the viewing area!
Picking colors. Not what I would have chosen lol, but I wanted this to be Orion's project all the way!
Learning about how to hold the metal bar. She was telling him how much of it gets hot and where it was OK to touch it. We absolutely LOVED the gal that worked with them by the way. She was so into it and just great with kids.
Walk and turn, walk and turn, walk and turn. She really stressed how important it was to keep turning it so the shape would stay even.
It went back in the oven to soften it for blowing, and here you can see the tube attached for blowing:
Ron starting to blow. Tina told Orion his dad's breath would be trapped in there forever, which totally fascinated him! :)
Can see the colors a bit better in this one, and notice the fairly young boy in the back working all on his own. Loved how child friendly this place was!
It is being held upside down here, about to be cut, and if you look closely, you can see the "BLOW YOUR OWN GLASS FLOAT" backwards on the window. :)
And that was it! You have to come back the next day to pick up your creation as it takes 24hours to cool.
Next day - the finished product! Taken with my cell phone, so not great. Will try to take another one in good light sometime soon!
The little spot on the bottom is a flat area for standing it up. You can also pick a little loop so it can hang, which I would have chosen I think, but again, this was all Orion's project!