Friday morning had been warm, so the teachers and I introduced 30 students to the joys of snowshoeing:) Have you ever taken 30 teenagers to do anything? It is always an adventure. South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks has an excellent program that allows you to borrow snowshoes for free. I have used it before with my nieces. Anyway, our center is in a beautiful location next to the creek. We handed out snowshoes and started helping students figure out how to get them on. All of a sudden I look up and half the kids are gone. They didn't wait for everyone. I headed out after them at a run. I'm always anticipating disasters, like somebody falling through the ice or heading off on their own. Well, it turned out to be a perfect day. We figured half the students would 'dip out' as they call it and quit after 200 yards of hard work. Boy we were wrong. All in all the little buggers went a minimum of 2 1/2 miles and some went 3 1/2. No complaints (teenagers and no complaints?), lots of laughter, and everyone helping each other over logs and around obstacles. I love my job. Just when you start to get cynical they surprise you. I surprised them and asked the culinary arts students to make hot cocoa and apple cider for when we returned. Then we watched To Build A Fire based on the Jack London short story. I never show movies in school, so they were elated. Many of them had never tasted apple cider. None of them had ever used snowshoes. I thought our ELL students would struggle. I forgot they play soccer daily. They were running and jumping in the snowshoes like gazelles. All in all it was a great experience. The day will always be in my heart.
The kids weren't the only ones that got to snowshoe. Today was beautiful, so Ella and I got to go for a run. We didn't get to last week. It was just too cold. As you can see, she was also super happy.
Have you ever tried something new and had such a happy outcome?