Biscuit and I spent the first half of the week at Sierra Outdoor School on the big second grade field trip. Two nights away, in the dorms, with programs from morning till bedtime. It was loud and chaotic but the kids loved it and I actually had a lot of fun too.
The first day involved a 3+ hour nature hike with several stops for exploration, explanation and journaling.
The culmination of the hike was the "silent mile" where kids walked alone across this aqueduct. It looked like this when you were walking on it.
The walk across the water spaced the hikers so they could just barely see the person in front and behind and then they walked for about 15 minutes in silence observing nature. It would have been great for meditation but I enjoyed the scenery and then got bored ;)
The second day involved a lot of riding busses on very, very curvy roads. But no vomit! At Calaveras Big Trees the really big stump was a hit--they had a mini class with all 17 members of Group D (and several parents) seated on top of the stump. It was really big.
The day ended with a campfire and skits interspersed with traditional songs. All 75ish kids had been broken into little groups and practiced a short skit. It was great! A few were skits/jokes I'd seen before but most were new and many were funny even without the kid mistakes ;)
It was fun to be away and spend some time with Biscuit (aka "Redwood" her nature name) but it was great to come home to these two cuties.