Where Did April and May Go?

24 05 2010

My web presence was non existant during April and May, so what happened?  During much of April I covered for the head teacher while she was on a mission trip to Peru.  That meant I spent full days at school.  We hadn’t gone on many field trips this school year so we scheduled several in April.

We have a low enrollment this year so having a track and field day on campus can be problematic.  Our solution, Mr. Biggs where we raced cars, played laser tag, rode bumper cars, and played miniature golf.  I’m  limiting  my pictures to just my boys in this post.

Our next trip was certainly more educational.  We went to the  Western Museum of Mining and Industry.  Here the students heard about the second industrial revolution and saw steam engines in action.  There is a mock-up of a mine, gold panning and many more exhibits.  We wanted to take them to a real mine in Cripple Creek, but that doesn’t open until the snow is gone.  It was still snowing here last week, so who knows when it will open.

If you’ve been following my ramblings for very long you know Jesse fell in love with donkeys on our trip to South Dakota almost two years ago.  The museum has donkeys and he drawn to them again.

I could’ve spent a lot more time here, but we had to get back to school since parents were waiting.

Our next adventure was the Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak.  We have lived in the area for over 10 years and I’ve never gone to the top of Pikes Peak.  It doesn’t matter that the road is safe enough for an annual race to the top of the mountain.  I don’t like roads that have edges dropping off abruptly.  The Cog railway gives a significant discount for school groups so I finally made it to the top.  Pikes Peak is 14,115 feet above sea level.  I felt the difference, I was huffing and puffing just trying to walk rapidly and was feeling rather light headed.

This was the snow plow doing its job ahead of us near the top of the mountain.

 Not a great picture, and the boys didn’t want me to take it.  The plaque appears to be identical to one I’ve shown here before in the America the Beautiful park.

This is the front of the car in which we rode. It is parked at top of the mountain looking out toward Colorado Springs.  We took the morning trip and were fortunate to have as clear skies as we did.  By afternoon there were thunderstorms and heavy clouds had rolled in to cover the mountain.  We had been praying in class for good weather and God answered in the affirmative.

On the way back down the mountain we had the opportunity to see a baby mountain goat.  Technically, I guess that would be a kid.  I didn’t  notice the yellow on the left goat until I was editing my pictures.  I zoomed in and it is a tag on a collar.

Our next trip was to the Denver Mint.  Since they don’t allow pictures (you even have to remove the battery from your cell phone to take it in the building), I left the camera in the car.  This is a picture of the building from their website.

Tours are free, but reservations are a good idea if you want to get in at a particular time.  It does in fact cost more to make a penny than it is worth, but did you know it only costs about 9¢ to make a quarter.  On the tour they told us the mint is the only profit-making government organization.  There are some great exhibits in the building.  I had been there before, but didn’t remember they mint coins for other countries.  From the mint we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch.  There was road construction directly in front of the building so the only pictures I took were up high.  Isn’t the brick work wonderful on this building?

Near the end of April we went to Body Worlds at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  The exhibit was there a few years ago and I drove a car load up, but decided it wasn’t for me.  (I went to a quilt show while they were there.)  I am a person who would have loved to take Biology as my science class in college, but took Chemistry instead since dissecting a cat was required for Biology and I refuse to cut up animals.  I wasn’t too sure about going this time, but decided to suck it up.  The exhibit was impressive! It was very tastefully done, and there wasn’t anything gross about it.  Again pictures were not allowed in the exhibit.  The focus of this particular exhibit was on the heart.  Again photography was not allowed so here is a picture from Wikipedia.

This would be an amazing opportunity for anyone studying anatomy and physiology.  If I can stomach it most people should be able  to take it.  The exhibit is in Denver into July.  To go through it requires special tickets, so reservations are almost mandatory.

That pretty much takes care of April.  What about May?  I think most of it vanished in a school administrative cloud.  I’ve turned in my resignation as the school board chair person effective June 11.  Then it will be on to a new phase in life.  We’ve spent ten years pouring blood, sweat, tears and money into this school and it is time for a change.




One response

24 05 2010

Wow – no wonder you haven’t been posting, lol! Those look like amazing field trips, although I would definitely skip the body one. My stomach is beyond weak.

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