I volunteered to chaperone a fieldtrip for the seventh grade at #3's school BEFORE I knew what time they planned on leaving.
We had to be at the school at 6:00 AM - which meant we had to leave our house at 5:40 - which meant I had to get up before five.
I am still trying to recover!
We went to Grandfather Mountain in the North Carolina mountains.
It was a 3 1/2 drive.
It was a long 3 1/2 hour drive on a bus loaded with 12 and 13 year old girls.
You would think that since it was so early, they would all want to sleep.
They sang that Miley Cyrus song, Party in the USA.
Someone was nice enough to print off the lyrics and pass them out.
You know how it goes.....
(I tried to post a video that I took on my camera of them singing at the top of their lungs here, but I can't seem to figure that out.
When I did this, the fonts all changed sizes along with the spacing. ??????)
There was a lot of posing going on too!
Going up the mountains in a bus was a bit much for me. Add to that,
it was foggy and we couldn't see where we were going.
There were a lot of queasy stomachs that were glad when we finally made it.
Our hike ended at the base of the bridge. Right when we got to it,
of course, the wind started blowing, black clouds rolled in and the thunder began (but it was off in the distance).
We figured out why it is called a swinging bridge.....
it really does swing, especially during a thunderstorm.
I am such a good chaperone.... look at those girls standing on that metal bridge!!
Did you know that a metal mile high swinging bridge is very slippery
when it is wet!!
I did tell them to hold on..... or else!!!
How exactly do you avoid a storm and high winds on Grandfather Mountain?
You pack into the tiny, hot and muggy gift shop and stand there for forty- five minutes...
and you listen to the girls squeal every time they hear lightening and you watch the boys sneak and buy
energy drinks and chug them like they are at a frat party.
This was when I was glad that I was chaperoning the "squealers" instead of the "chuggers".
The vision of a 3 1/2 hour bus ride home with a bunch of hyper boys didn't sound as entertaining as the "Miley Cyrus Wanna Be's"!
The storm finally passed.
We made it down the mountain and back to the lodge just in time for a riveting lecture on the history of Grandfather Mountain....wet blue jeans and all.
Right before we left, we were able to walk through the animal habitats.
Look who was hungry!
Now, just a 3 1/2 hour bus ride home!!
And yes, they were singing that song again!!!