School started in early March, and my teacher-heart is reveling in it! Of course, there are the shadowy moments along with the sunshiny ones, and the Procrastination Disorder that afflicts me regularly, and the hours of preparation… but I love it, (almost) all of it.
On the first Saturday of the school year, we teachers took our students to Marakoopa Caves for a long-overdue field trip. Our day was a lot of fun. We took a long, scenic route, and enjoyed the various extremely creative mailboxes we saw on the way before arriving at the cave office.
We ate lunch on site… (there was more to it than that, I promise!)
…before taking the cave tour.
Our tour guide was very informative. Among other things, I learned that the “Organ Pipes” (as the above formation is aptly named) is a large chunk of flowstone, formed by slowly running water over limestone. (I think.) Stanley did a good job of taking pictures, at least as well as you can in a dimly lit cave with a little point and shoot; I was pleasantly surprised by the photos he got. One of my favourite parts was the glow-worm cavern, where all the lights got switched off and we could see a whole new starry “sky,” with not a familiar constellation in sight. Of course, we couldn’t take pictures of them.
The temperature of the cave inside is at a steady 9’C all year round, and from where we’re standing in this picture (close to the mouth of the cave) we could feel a cold draught of air.
We stopped at Macca’s on the way home and treated the kiddies to a snack, and arrived home tired but happy with our day.