Take us on your summer travels. Let’s see how much of the globe we can explore both close to home and overseas. We want members to share their travel experiences. Attach a photo, tell us fun facts and let us know if and how you plan to tie it into your curriculum next year?
I will keep you updated on my adventure “down under” this summer because I have a feeling it will be interesting. I am taking a road trip throughout Australia with 19 of my husband’s family members…7 kids and 12 adults. Some are arriving from the US and others from India and we are all meeting in Sydney to begin a 2 week road trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We will stop in a new town each day. I will share photos and fun facts with you.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
The road trip around Australia has begun!
To keep the kids engaged, I create a road trip adventure book. I customized each of them depending on the age of the child. Some things I included were: a map of Australia, chart to keep track of where we stayed each night, a word search with everyone’s name, road trip games , pictures of animals to check off when we see them, pictures of landmarks to check off such as, the Sydney Opera House and Great Barrier Reef, facts about Australia, a quizAustralia Quiz -- National Geographic , and draw/write about the road trip.
Day 1- We hiked up Mt. Ainslie in Canberra, ACT where we saw colorful Rosellas and kangaroos and had a bird’s eye view of the well-constructed capital of Australia. Then we visited the Australian War Memorial where we went inside a helicopter and sat in a trench.
About Aussies- Australians might just be the nicest people in the world. I thought I would add some nice gestures they do along our road trip. We were so impressed that on the highways, Australians only drive in the fast lane to pass and as soon as they pass they move over. So, no road rage;)
View of the Australian Parliament House from Mt. Ainslie. Retrieved on June. 16, 2013 from http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/en.aspx
Crimson Rosella. Retrieved on June 16, 2013 from http://canberrabirds.org.au/CanberrasBirds.htm.
Day 2- Drove to Wollongong. Stopped at Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. We saw breathtaking waterfalls! Learned that the sarsaparilla plant has many health benefits such as, treating skin disease, arthritis, kidney disease, decreasing joint pain and itching and reducing bacteria.
Day 3- Stayed in Sydney. Visited the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.
Day 4- Drove 6 hours north to Coffs Harbour. Here you can ride camels on the beach!
The famous Fitzroy Falls. Retrieved on June 20, 2013 from http://www.highlandsnsw.com.au/nature/fitzroy_falls.html
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Day 5 & 6- Drove 6 more hours to the Sunshine Coast. Stayed 2 nights and played at the beach.
Day 7- Drove 6 hours to Rockhampton.
Day 8, 9 and 10- drove 8 hours to Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands. This was the highlight of the trip. We took a boat to 3 different islands in the Great Barrier Reef . We went snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, exploring and swimming. It was too cool to see goannas on the beach. They aren’t afraid of people and will walk right up to you. On our hike, we also almost ran right into a Golden Orb Spider in its web. It was as big as my husband’s hand and can eat small birds and bats!
Golden Orb Spider. Retrieved on June 30, 2013 from http://www.wettropics.gov.au/rainforest_explorer/P/P02Turkey/Presources02.htm
Joanna. Retrieved on June 30, 2013 from http://article.wn.com/view/2013/06/11/Charmdeficient_Australian_species_in_danger_d/
Whitsunday Islands. Retrieved on June 30, 2013 from http://freeaussiestock.com/free/Queensland/whitsundays/slides/dent_island_golfcorse.htm
Day 11 and 12- Drove 9 hours to Cairns. Stayed in Cairns 1 night. I was overjoyed to see crocodiles in the wild as we drove over rivers. One crocodile was in a swallow clear river bed and looked as big as our mini SUV. Cairns was a fun beach town with an active night life with street entertainers, shops open after 9pm with reasonable prices for souvenirs, many restaurants and pubs. There was the coolest man made lagoon in the city center park overlooking the ocean. Since you can’t swim in the ocean here because of the crocodiles, there are lagoons created with barriers to keep you safe from dangerous wild life.
Day 13- Turned in our 4 rental cars at the airport in Cairns. We drove over 3,000 kilometers! All 20 of us flew back to Sydney. Some family members caught a plane back to India and the others to the US. What an amazing experience!
Saltwater Crocodile Daintree River. Retrived on July 7 from http://www.owenwilson.com.au/taxonomy/term/38/all?page=25
Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon. Retrieved on July 7 from http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g255069-d1584206-Reviews-Cairns_Esplanade_Swimming_Lagoon-Cairns_Cairns_Region_Queensland.html
When I talk to people I travel into their minds. Right now teachers are talking about common core and strategies. In general people are talking about the drought. Public health workers are talking about the child hood type II diabetes. Intersection of these topics should be community gardens. Odd mixture of connecting dots but it is a yellow brick road.
I'm traveling to Webster, NY this summer to see my sister and her family. Will travel with my mom. Often times, the trip is rushed and we try to see aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. However, there is much to see in the Rochester area. Perhaps we'll visit the National Museum of Susan B. Anthony and House on Madison Street. May stop to see the 90 foot Genesee Urban Falls in downtown Rochester. Or, might just save all of that for another time and just enjoy being with family!
Laura, sounds cool! My 4 year old now wants to go to Ocracoke Island to find the pirate. He watches Goonies once a week and wants to find a buried treasure and he makes boobie traps all over the house. I have already slipped on a puddle of water he dumped on the floor as a boobie trap. It is much funnier in the movies but not too funny when I am carrying the baby and slip.
I am headed to Frostburg-Cumberland, Maryland - I love the purple mountains. I took Amtrak, two years ago, and will do it again by train-bike-walking again this summer. Car-free!
With my daughter living in Sweden with her husband, I make yearly trips to Scandanavia to see the family and travel to a new destination. My favorite part of Stockholm is Gamla Stan (Old Town) seen in the picture which I took several days ago. This summer we are cruising to Riga, Latvia, in early July.
(Picture taken from atop Gondolen in Södermalm with a fantastic view over Lake Mälaren and the beginnings of the archipelago in Saltsjön)
Then I will return to Stockholm and experience a ride on an Icelandic horse. That should be a real adventure!
Great to hear from you again as you follow the Community discussions. The trail ride on the Icelandic horse was great. After a short lesson on using the reins and telling the horse to walk or trot, we rode for almost 2 hours through forests, along narrow paths, and on rocky roadways. It was a memorable experience. The horse had lost its thick coat of hair for the summer which made him easier to ride.
My daughters certainly have provided wonderful vacation destinations with their choices of husbands. My older daughter is married to a Venezuelan who has family in Spain and Hong Kong. Then my younger daughter married a Swede. So far I have traveled in 8 foreign countries and hope to increase that number yearly.
I am reading Laura Alden's book Foul Play at the PTA again. I never finished it. Since I waited almost a year to pick it up again, I had to start from page 1. I understand she has 2 more books published now, so I need to purchase those next.
I definitely share your interest in mysteries.
When my resources are limited, I take a trip to see some of the local attractions in my area. For example, this summer, I took a trip to the aquarium in Atlanta, to the CNN center and to see the World of Coca Cola. I visited Stone Mountain a lot. I splurged just a little bit and went outside Georgia to Tennessee. Even though my budget was limited, I found some interesting things to do. I spent a lot of time outside.
I think it's great that you are seeing local attractions. So often, we think a vacation has to be far away to some exotic place. Often we miss the wonderful scenic treasures right at our doorstep. Sometimes the best trips are also the least expensive. Bravo for taking time to enjoy your own region of the country!
I went to see two water treatment plants in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Both of these places reclaim water. I really take for granted what is done on my behalf. I have been living vicariously through your stories and pictures though. Especially about you Lynne riding the Icelandic horse.
This can be a fascinating field trip for students. Then they can go home and see how their family uses water and make suggestions to save.
I live in Colorado Springs and we are on water restrictions every summer. Many folks are zero xeriscaping their lawns because we can only water two days a week for 20 minutes each day.
Our water reclamation plants show sample xeriscape gardens and offer classes. The also offer tours of the facility.
Just goes to show you that you don't have to travel the world to experience life.
What a beautiful campus. I loved all the different trees. I even giggled like a 3 year old when I saw a family of geese walking right beside us. Then I was even more elated when I came upon a chipmunk. An actual chipmunk in person! I felt so much peace there. I definitely want to return and stay longer!
We did walk to the lake. We did go to the grotto. We visited the Basilica, golden dome, football field. We saw touchdown Jesus, 1st Down Moses, God's garden. The first day, we got lost walking the campus. Well lost but not lost. We just could not find the grotto and wound up on the opposite side of the campus. But even being lost was like being lost in the Garden of Eden. I was so rejuvenated and energized. It was a wonderful conference and in the best location! I used to live in southern Illinois and now in Texas. So Notre Dame made me feel as if I was coming home.