I had an ulterior motive.

In February, I learned of the National Park Trust’s school contest to send students to a state or national park for free.  In March, my students created their entry for the contest. In April, we learned we won. And, in May, we boarded the bus to take us to Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Even though it was a two-hour ride on a bumpy bus, we were all excited. The students were excited about being out of school for a field trip; I was excited about visiting a park I hadn’t seen since I was a kid.

I remember these dinosaurs from when I was a kid!

The Dinosaurs of Childhood

When I was 12-ish, my dad took my 8-year old brother and me to Glen Rose. I remember the large dinosaurs vividly; I ended up spending a lot of time with them. You see, I also remember my dad’s anger when he discovered that my brother locked the car keys in the car. It took two hours and two park rangers to get our car open.

LaGeek at the Blue Hole

LaGeek at the Blue Hole

We had three hours to explore the park so I set the students free. They roamed the park in small groups. Then the ulterior motive came into play.

I provided the students with the clues to the earthcache located in the park. They hunted for the answers to the clues. They learned about science and Texas history while I had my answers to the earthcache confirmed.

All in all, we had a blast. The National Park Trust paid for our bus, water, and healthy snacks. Only two students fell into the river. Only one student got badly sunburned.

I think earthcaches are my favorite caches.

Symbol for an EarthCache

EarthCache

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About scribedscribbles

Like most people, I hate filling out profile pages. Who am I? Well, I’m a wife, teacher, daughter, and friend. I’m also an intellectual, an introvert, a night owl, and a bookworm. I work with struggling readers and overachievers, ages 11 to 15. I take care of students, a cat, two rabbits, friends, and my husband. I enjoy geocaching, reading, volksmarching, gardening, crocheting for charity, lecturing, science fiction, learning, and teaching. My favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. I am judgmental, dyslexic, sweet, overweight, graying, short, generous, loving, supportive, and chronically early to meetings. I’m afraid of snakes, putting my head underwater, heights, depths, and failure.

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