I love getting my students out of the classroom and into the real world. One of my favorite field trips is to the site of our Oregon Literature novel, Ricochet River. The book is set in Estacada, a small town about 30 miles up the Clackamas River from here. My students always think it's weird to go to Estacada on a field trip...What's in Estacada? they ask...and I tell them, "Just wait and see."
Tuesday we went up the river, and the weather held. Given the fact that we're stuck in a record-breaking cycle of big spongy clouds that blow in from the ocean and squeeze all kinds of moisture down on us, that was a minor miracle. But then, it never rains on a Haynie field trip. I should let the weather forecasters know when I schedule the busses...it would make their lives so much easier for those dates!
We toured a few more spots in Estacada that are the settings for different scenes in the book, and then we went back to school. It threatened to rain all day, but the rain held off, except for a few drips just as we were leaving North Fork Dam (which was great timing - it made the kids hurry back to the bus - heehee).
What a life...I get paid to take kids out to the river!