Field Trip

During the last week of February I went on a field trip with the 8th grade class that I had been observing for one of my classes during A term. I was very excited to go on this for a couple of reasons, the first being that it was going to be my first time on a metro school bus. Private school kid. I was also in charge of my own group of students and I also had not been to the Capitol in years.

The trip there was uneventful. All of the students were very well behaved even though half of the 8th grade class did not go because they either had bad behavior or did not pay for it. The first stop was the Tennessee State Museum. We were there to see the “Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation. The plantation was located in Robertson County.  The students were split up into two groups. The group that I was with did an educational activity first that involved looking through primary sources to learn about the slaves that lived there. Overall, it looked like the students enjoyed the activity. When it was our turn, we went through the exhibit. It ranged from various items that were in the house to articles of clothing that were worn. 

Tobacco hanging to dry

Tobacco hanging to dry

When we finished in the museum, we made our way over to the Capitol building. The students liked the fact that someone is buried there and they all were able to identify Andrew Jackson.

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We got a tour and ventured upstairs where the students were able to sit in the seats in the Senate Chambers. Needless to say, they all loved that!

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Once the field trip was over, we got back on the bus and made our way back to West End Middle School. We did not get very far until we got a call saying the other school bus broke down. Oops. That provided some entertainment for the 15 minute ride back home. 

It was a day full of education and adventures with those little 8th graders! 

 

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Live Free or Die: Let’s go Climb Some Ice

The end of the trip is a little late compared to all the rest of the posts! A term was coming to a close, and midterms happened and then spring break!

My brother and I left Lebanon, NH around 5:30 in the morning to head to North Conway for the ice climbing adventure. It was about a 2 hour drive up to the White Mountains.

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The sunrise was gorgeous! North Conway is a little mountain resort town that is small and quaint. We got to International Mountain Equipment and got all suited up for the day. Ice axes, crampons, climbing rope and helmets were issued mostly to me since my brother had everything. Before we even left, an accident occurred. My brother slipped on some ice and kicked a hole in his car. Whoops! He wasn’t happy, but it was still funny! It was about a 5 minute drive to Cathedral Ledge, which in the summer is a huge rock face, but now is covered in ice, blue ice to be exact which means the ice is fresh and not old.

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Ice climbing is hard and tiring, but it was so much fun. The legs do all the work, almost like doing squats the whole time you are climbing up the pitch. We started on a 4, which is not the easiest, so I felt a little better after it took me a million years to get up it. I also fell about 4 times, but not far since it was a top rope climb. Lead climbing would be a different story.

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We also did some repelling, which was so much fun!

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We finished the day and headed back to Lebanon and ate at a little diner. We then both went to bed. It was a very eventful night!

So with all this being said I crossed another item off my 101 in 1001 list,

38. Go ice climbing!