Thursday, April 17, 2014

Field Trips

For some reason, the boys ended up with basically back-to-back field trips this year (thanks, Spicewood).

First up, the fourth graders went to San Antonio to visit Mission San Jose, and then to San Marcos to visit Aquarena Springs.

Mission San Jose is my favorite of the missions in San Antonio. Its so lovely and romantic, although with a bunch of 4th grade kids running around, the experience was a wee bit different.

And then we headed to Aquarena Springs.

To be honest, I didn't even realize this place still existed. Its not the same as it was when I was growing up. 

No mermaids and no swimming pigs. Nothing can swim in the springs anymore, because apparently there are several endangered species swimming and growing around in this clear, blue water. 

And as you can see above, the glass bottom boats are still there. The kids loved the boats, and this was definitely the highlight of the field trip day as far as they were all concerned.

Ryan and the second graders didn't have nearly as exotic of a field trip, but they might have had more fun. 

They spent the day at the Twin Lakes YMCA, playing games and doing activities designed to teach them about the environment and preserving natural resources.

Ryan and Jackson just loved building a dam that would actually stop water from flowing through it. Especially since there was a competition to see whose damn was the best (three guesses who won... these boys LOVE a competition).

Messy hands!

I think a lot of the day's lessons was lost a bit on them, but they all had a great time.

And we even got to go during bluebonnet season. :)

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