I suspected that I would be tired after a day-long field trip, so I got up extra early this morning to get my run done and out of the way. 4.8 miles in the moonlight, watching the fog in the valleys, and then I somehow got cleaned up and fed and it was barely past 7. So, I headed to work early to get some things done before we left on the field trip. I glanced out the window somewhere around 7:25 and saw a gorgeous pink and blue sky.
Less than 5 minutes later, the sky was gray and cloudy. Not a hint of color to be seen. I got some work done and then we piled into a few cars and headed towards the Cass Scenic Railroad. Highlights/Entertainment on the trip up included 7 yr old girls singing along to Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and a 7 yr old boy requesting his favorite song : Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." Thankfully, "Wrecking Ball" was not on the iPod. I enjoyed getting to talk to a parent I didn't know very well, while the kids sang and played games in the back. I also enjoyed the scenery. Some trees are still green and too many have already lost their leaves, but there's still a decent amount of color on the rest of the trees. There were a few lingering clouds hanging out in the treetops that looked really cool as well.
Once we arrived at Cass Scenic Railroad, we watched a short film about the history of the old logging town/lumber industry, walked through the little museum, and then boarded the train.
After the trip up the mountain to Whittaker Station and back to Cass, we had a picnic lunch and spent some time on the playground before heading back to school. The ride back was quite entertaining, but sadly I don't remember the specific funny quotes that I wanted to remember. I'm tired. Once back at school, I did some work and uploaded/edited the photos from the trip. I just happened to glance out the window at one point and caught this:
Sometimes, it pays to stay at work late! But it has been a very long day and I am looking forward to a good night of sleep!