Summer adventures

These last few nights, there’s enough crisp in the air that we can sit out on the porch, watching the sun set behind the crape myrtle. Teachers returned to school last week to prepare for the school year. Our school population has grown enough to merit a huge addition, and over half of the staff moved to new digs, including me. My new office is small and bright, and desperately in need of some wall décor and plant life. Summer is nearly over, and oh, what a summer it was!

Processed with VSCO with e3 preset

My new office, looking spartan.

 The day after students finished, when most teachers were still finishing up with packing and submitting grades, I was on a plane to Orlando to attend the Korean War Veterans Digital History Teachers’ Conference. So soon after the tragic events in Orlando, I couldn’t help but connect current events to the historical ones we learned about at the conference. Thoughts of lives cut short, of divisions and community, of tremendous bravery and selflessness…the highlight of the conference was the opportunity to speak to several Korean War veterans, now in their 80s, and hear their stories.

27896703805_67ca6f424b_o.jpg

Memorial to the Pulse Victims, Orlando

 

Later in the summer, I spent ten days on a grand sweep of the Southwestern United States with my husband and stepsons.

28649229882_bd24d7de52_o

Zion National Park

 

28395032174_9e54485f38_o

The Narrows at Zion

 

28754496085_8df2a414f7_o

Bryce Canyon National Park

 

28754544275_98dd967a15_o

Bryce Canyon

 

28488100460_a1a7a622d5_o

Mesa Verde National Park

 

 

28938872551_2b40e1af8b_o

Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque

28959678686_64dffd4cbf_o

ABQ Biopark, Albuquerque

28881756805_a63e5aa31c_o

The Grand Canyon

 

 

 

 The best part of the journey was seeing through the eyes of my stepsons many of the same places that had captivated me as a young child. My parents had the wisdom and endurance to crisscross the country multiple times with three young children in a station wagon, toting a pop up camper. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, I remember the diverse and beautiful places I had the opportunity to see as a child and an adult.

28597331770_33fe7edf74_o

First time visiting the Grand Canyon

 

 And now I start a new school year with a continued commitment to bring the world to our students, with same can-do spirit that my parents embraced over 30 years ago. Here’s to a year full of adventure, discovery, and joy!

Advertisements

One thought on “Summer adventures

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s