We enjoyed our brief stay in Las Vegas but very excited to head on to our last stop….San Diego. We were up bright and early ready to roll out. We decided to take one last picture and that’s when Frank saw it……a very large bubble in the back tire. Boy did Frank make a great catch. This could have been very disastrous but we took the rental car to the airport, which happened to be very close to us, and got ourselves a new rental car. We were sad to say good-bye to our car (especially Diana and Gale, our GPS) but we were happy to get our new car.
We had a very short 5 hour drive today but it seemed a bit longer because it was pretty much all desert. We finally made it to our last destination, California! We are all checked in and ready to attend the ISTE conference and pick up some cool technology integration ideas…..of course we are super excited to go trekking in California as well.
Well, the Trekkers did it. We got up at 4:15 this morning to watch the sun wake up over the beautiful Grand Canyon. You can see how it was worth waking up early. We spent the morning observing at all the different rock formations and even had some elk visit with us. Although we didn’t want to leave because we felt like we were on top of the world, we headed on towards Nevada. When we reached the state sign….we also reached the Hoover Dam. Wow….what an amazing structure. We drove into Nevada and saw…….a whole lot of desert. It got up to 104 degrees so we decided to use the air condition for this stretch of the road. we saw a couple of small brush fires being put out. We finally reached Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a tiring but very eventful day. We started out early from Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a wonderful sunrise. Before leaving New Mexico we went to see the Rio Grande and stopped to see lava flows. We admired the beautiful landscape, especially all the Mesas. We finally arrived in Arizona and proceeded to shop at the Navajo shops. We learned a ton of information from the Native Americans running the shops. We then went to the Meteor Creator National Park. This is an amazing site! If you ever decide to visit, be ready to be blown away…..literally. The wind was so strong it was even blowing Big Dave around. The Petrified Forest was our next stop. We were amazed to see all the beautiful trees which have turned to stone. The colors were amazing. We also stopped to visit a very old Pueblo village. We were going to visit White Walnut Canyon National Park but missed the closing time by 25 minutes. We were bummed because it really looked beautiful with lots of cave dwellings. Our last stop…..the Grand Canyon. Holy Cow….I’ve heard how beautiful it is but you really need to see it in person to fully appreciate this wonder. We arrived to see the sunset and plan to start our day to an amazing sunrise tomorrow morning. Keep on trekkin’
The United States is losing it’s battle to keep the Trekkers from crossing it. We have made it to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Day 3 started in a rainy Oklahoma City. We visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the Capitol Building. We went through the skinniest portion of Texas possible. While in Texas we met up with one of Frank’s friends from high school that was traveling from Arizona to Michigan. Social networking is awesome! We also got to practice our graffiti skills at the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo. We headed on Route 66 to the state of New Mexico. The scenery has changed drastically each day. Tomorrow should be another amazing day!
Don’t worry your ears won’t need to be covered. We did get to see Graceland, the 6th largest pyramid in the world, and the Lorainne Hotel where MLK Jr. was killed. We are headed across the mighty Mississippi to Arkansas!
We have been busy exploring all the great things Nashville has to offer. We started at the capitol building then made our way to Centennial Park. We were really impressed with the park. There were so many activities taking place promoting fitness. The best part was seeing the Parthenon! We then made our way to downtown Nashville and heard a ton of bands playing. We arrived at our hotel very tired. Looking forward to seeing Oklahoma City.
We have made some serious progress and made it to Tennessee. On the way we caught an awesome view of Virginia with fog and of course had to celebrate our arrival to Tennessee by stopping by the Welcome sign. Based on our research, Nashville looks beautiful and we can’t wait to trek. We are hoping to run into some of the big country music stars. We know that we will be sleeping well tonight.
We were up at 5 a.m and ready to go trekking. First stop, the State Capitol of Virginia. We beat the traffic and were able to get in and out quickly. Just to make the ride a little more interesting we decided to see how low we could run the fuel tank before we actually ran out of gas. We also learned that our car doesn’t do well when rocks hit the underside of the car. Thanks to Alfonso’s hard work and the lovely lady at the campground that loaned us a screwdriver, we were back on the road in no time at all. Nashville here we come!
We had a great start to our trek in Virginia Beach, Va. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the 70’s. The water was too rough to set up our camera close to the water but we were able to film the opening segment of our coast to coast trekker trip.
The Virginia Trekkers are beyond excited to announce that we are planning our longest trek ever…. over 3000 miles in one direction! We are headed to the Pacific Ocean by car with our final destination being the beautiful city on San Diego, California. We will be filming podcasts while driving across the country that will focus on K-5 content. We will be visiting Pueblo Ruins, the Mississippi and Rio Grande Rivers, the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, the Petrified Forest, Historic Route 66, the Mojave Desert, and many other amazing places. In addition to filming podcasts for the Trekkers site we will be talking with people that we meet along the way about the state of our education system. The answers that we gather will be put into video format that can be used in professional development activities that focus on making sure we are getting our students ready for the future. The survey is below and won’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. We would love for you to have your students complete the survey as well. It would be great to see their thoughts on the knowledge that it will take to prosper in the future. Click here to be taken directly to the survey (please share it with your friends and family).
This trip is being funded by a grant through the Henrico Education Foundation. Without their support, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible.
Check out the map below to see our route and some places that we are going to try to visit and our survey is below as well.