Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | August 29, 2009

Are we there yet?

We took our first all-school field trip on Thursday; hiking up to pick blueberries. In some ways it was like other field trips; we needed permission slips and the kids took home a letter with a list of things to bring: snack, shoes AND socks, water bottle, berry container, bug dope. In some ways it wasn’t like any other field trip we’d ever taken…

Waiting on the bridge for the older kids

Waiting on the bridge for the older kids

Up hill trail

Up hill trail

Almost to the top

Almost to the top

The faster walkers took about an hour to get to the berry patch from the bridge. The slower ones took about an hour and a half. The youngest hiker, a kindergartener, just turned five the first week of August and trooped right along!

Get down and pick those berries!

Time to pick those berries!

There were berries everywhere

There were berries everywhere

The squat and pick style

The Squat-and-Pick Style

Wayne's Ohio lay down style

Wayne's Ohio-Lay-Down Style

Some people ate all they picked. Some took them home–mostly to grandma.

Blueberries to take back home

Blueberries to take back home

And some (Bonnie) managed to mis-step and tip someone’s bucket over. She’ll never live that down… After all that hiking and picking, it was time to build a fire for hot dogs, take a little rest and enjoy the view.

Lunch: hot dogs

Lunch: hot dogs

Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Time for a little rest and stay out of the wind

A little rest out of the wind

Grayling down there by the river; we did hike a long way!

Grayling down there by the Yukon. We did hike a long way!

All-school field trip

All-school field trip group photo

It wasn’t like other field trips because for the first time in our teaching careers the Superintendent came with us and…

Bringing up the rear

Bringing up the rear

the group had a gunner leading the hike and one at the back in case of bears. We only saw tracks and scat (which is a good thing). Back at school, some of the berries for grandma didn’t quite make it all the way home.

M-m-m-m good!

M-m-m-m good!

It was a good trip and a good reminder that you don’t need to be in a classroom to be learning.

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Responses

  1. Those berries look delicious! Did any of them make it into a pie? It was great to see photos of your students in action.

  2. Thanks, Bonnie–and the price of the blueberries was a lot less than $84, right?

  3. Melissa is going to love the bear part…

  4. Dear Mrs A/B: Thanks for the news and views as you settle back into your Alaskan classrooms.* Feels like we were right there with you on the field trip (check my tongue, is it blue?) Was it really 30 years ago we met you and Hans in Noorvik/Shungnak and were taking those same blueberry-hunting field trips? And setting our classrooms up in the Work Jobs style? Yes, lots to learn. Always. Karen
    *Tell Hans the chairs go leg-end down.


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