Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wordy Wednesday #54

Ah, spring is here, and the smell of sludge is in the air.

I Left My Sludge in San Francisco
I took that photo yesterday standing on the shore of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center in Tiburon. For those utterly unfamiliar with the area north of the Golden Gate Bridge save for the realization that somewhere up north is Wine Country, Tiburon is a little rich town just 9.2 miles (give or take) north of the famed bridge. This sanctuary is a favorite outing for elementary grade students because it meets some of the California state educational standards.

[And, hey, ain't it really all about the standards when it comes to the education of our children? God forbid we might want to foster a love of something outside the standards of a certain grade.]

Another spring day, another field trip for another kid o' mine. Yesterday marked the fourth time in three years that I've been to that place on a field trip. [And I'm not even counting having to go back yesterday to retrieve the teacher's forgotten purse.]

It was a gorgeous day. And San Francisco never looks as beautiful to me as when I'm not in it.


Tricia said...

I need to get out more. I wonder if it's going to take school field trips to make it happen.

Janet said...

That sludge is a little different than what we see around here.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

I can't wait for the twins to be old enough for field trips. One more year!

D... said...

Ah, yes, the repeat field trips.

I guess it's good that the teacher only forgot her purse and not a child.

The Van Goat Ranch said...

I'm totally jealous - I love San Francisco....well I love California.Period. You are one lucky ducky.
Hey, but on the bright side, my 6 year old got a field trip to the apple orchard. I mean that's really awesome - right? Right?

Caloden said...

Standards are horrid. They have taken away the creativity and replaced it with Rubric requirements. Beautiful field trip, though.

Jim said...

Just popping in to see if I'd missed your OSI poem for the week. I did, but so did you!

Yes, for me too, most of San Francisco is prettier in the most when not in it. Back in the 60's I spent a month in the San Jose/Palo Alto area for a Lockheed school on a new piece of equipment at Sunnyvale. Back then that area was much prettier (than the 90's and 00's), I only went into town twice. Once I took a Greyline tour, the other was on my day for the car (1964 Red Ford Convertible, six of us shared it).
I don't think we went to Tiburon. Did go to Mountain View, it was a pretty rich town.


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