Thursday, May 20, 2010

Road School



We decided to call it Road School.... serious stuff, we had a lot of ground to cover...there was only one way...strictly fun and games.
School opened on Hwy 84. It continued all the way to southern Utah. (click on pics for a larger view)




A fairly extensive traveling library in the back seat.
This part of Road School might be called Car Class.





At last, we got outside for...


Hands on study of geologic formations in Capitol Reef...



sedimentary rock...








climbing around erosion pockets...












scoping out boulder patches....










trekking miles to Lower Calf Creek Falls...






sketching thousand year old petroglyphs in travel journals...










hiking up a wash into the Narrows, imagining flash floods, playing acoustical games with the echoes of their own voices...




and in Arches the amazing labrynth of rock formations known as Fiery Furnace ...





the climb across slick rock and past intriguing quartz crystals to the famous Delicate Arch...




and, finally, earning their Junior Forest Ranger badges and sporting them proudly.


Road School took on a decidedly pop culture emphasis on the 800 mile return trip. We broke out for the first time the portable dvd player we had borrowed from friends. Our kids eyes grew large at the prospect of a movable feast of film. We leveraged their hunger for movies with a simple proposition....two pieces of homework completed earns you one film. They bit and we alternated movies with regular school homework until the homework was done and we, coincidentally, arrived home. Road School... a lot of seat time, even more miles, and more good memories than we can count.
K

2 Comments:

Blogger Melissa said...

I wanna go next time--this sounds and looks awesome!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

What super Junior Park Rangers T & C are! I was delighted at how much they knew about geology (my favorite). I hope they know that they are exactly the reason that I'm a Park Ranger! Love you guys ♥

4:41 PM  

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