Friday, April 4, 2014


Taken March 22, 2013.

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  1. Very early morning all. We lost power at 3:00 a.m. and neither Jim nor I could get back to sleep. Power is back on at the house but I think it might be off for the rest of the day for me.

  2. Bleargh. That's no fun. Maybe reacquaint yourself with an afternoon nap?

  3. Andi, put your feet up and relax. I am just glad the power came back on.

  4. I'm back from the soggy, soggy, soggy woods. We had about 3 hours on the last afternoon that we didn't get rained on. In 20 years of going on the trip, this was the worst weather I've ever had.

    The kids and the camp's staff were amazing. The staff had the kids singing "Singin' in the Rain" and a bunch of silly camp songs as they tromped through the woods. They had them huddled around in ponchos and rubber boots or soaked tennies looking at bugs, fungi, rocks, benthic macro invertebrates and other curiosities (scat for instance) that aren't usually in the classroom. They had them studying erosion and erosion control by comparing where we'd walked down a steep trail with the land we hadn't walked on. When the storms hit we took shelter and the staff continued playing games of creativity, teamwork, and observation and doing game-type simulations of what they'd been teaching. It wasn't until later that, the kids realized they'd learned something through the game. 12 year olds can be really whiney, but there were next to no complaints or adolescent attitudes on the trip.

    I hope my teacher friends keep asking me to go back to Bradford Woods ( with them.