(A “Twitterized” rendering of the 4th Grade school trip May 25th-29th 2009 to Grillenburg, Saxony, Germany)
Forgot to take any cold medicine before leaving this morning… could present problems.
8:05am May 25th
4 km hike from bus to our hotel ahead of us… I might just faint, it is hot and sunny.
11:00am May 25th
Snickers really does satisfy you!
11:05am May 25th
The Theme song to “Little House on the Prairie” is playing in my head as we cross the fields to our lodgings.
11:55am May 25th
Wetland ecology lesson in an actual wetland. This is the way education should be.
2:10pm May 25th
Why is it Germans feel like sunny days at remote ponds requires one to remove all clothing?
2:30pm May 25th
Rather, why is it Germans over 60 and overweight feel like cavorting naked outdoors? Fortunately (or not) young attractive ones don’t.
2:33pm May 25th
Thoughts on vicious cycles: Why tan in such a way as to leave no tan line if the only time people will notice you don’t have one is when you are tanning?
2:35pm May 25th
It is hot, I am dizzy, and the medicine I took at lunch is wearing thin. I will run out of tissues and I thought 5 packs would be enough.
5:05pm May 25th
Grillenburg has been used as a way station in one way or another for 600+ years!
9:33am May 26th
There are no longer bears, wolves, or Lynxes in the Tharandter Forrest, just foxes.
9:55am May 26th
Glad to hear our guide point out that hunting is needed when an ecosystem has lost all its natural predators. (Wildlife Biology graduate soapbox.)
10:10am May 26th
Tharandter Forrest has been a center for Forestry education for over 200 years!
10:55am May 26th
Life List: Lanius excubitur
11:03am May 26th
Finished “Heart of Tardis” by Dave Stone. As SF goes it is pretty good if convoluted.
2:05pm May 26th
Made rainstickes. Coincidentally as we made them, thunderstorms rolled in.
2:45pm May 26th
Love the storms. Thunder! Cool breeze, not hot sunshine. Wish I could sleep. Hope they stick around until bedtime.
5:00pm May 26th
Life List: Hirundo rustica
5:45pm May 26th
The slugs here in Grillenburg look like the brown “poop-slugs” in Dresden, but jet black. Perhaps “Licorice-Slugs?”
7:30pm May 26th
Finished "Caribbean Mystery" by A. Christie.
10:00am May 27th
Saw a huge nest of Formica rufa or similar: Red Forrest ant. Pine needle mound over two feet tall.
11:04am May 27th
Jonah made a really good T Shirt today… Lego Batman game themed.
11:59am May 27th
Life List: Phoenicurus ochuros a pair with a nest in the barn, 4 hatchlings.
2:04pm May 27th
An intense afternoon of unguided hiking. Life List: Pyrrhula pyrrhula.
5:09pm May 27th
“Disco Night” was a highlight for the kids. Watching them at Disco Night was a highlight for the adults’ funny bones.
11:00pm May 27th
Finished “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett
10:03am May 28th
Treasure Hunt and Face Cast making on the agenda today.
10:30am May 28th
More Rain, no Bonfire.
6:00pm May 28th
Had a 20-minute break in the rain. Just enough time for our rowboat ride before heading home!
11:30am May 29th
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