Tag Archives: Summer

Hiking the Appalachian Trail!


Ah, the “fun summer job” got much harder this past week when we took a group of kids on the Appalachian Trail. We hiked the 36 miles from Massie Gap to Damascus, VA. It was SO HARD. But it was beautiful and I am glad I completed this item on my bucket list.

Pictures are coming…


Sunset/moonrise on top of Whitetop Mtn in VA. So beautiful.

Summer Job – week one


Summer jobs. Most people hate them. I love mine! Working with the Parks & Rec Dept and the challenge program allows me to get kids outside and doing things I never had the courage to do as a kid. I barely have the courage to do some of our activities now! 🙂
We just finished our Pre-Challenge week for kids ages 7-9. We climbed, hiked, canoed, and spent the last day at the Fork Farm fishing, hiking, and meeting horses and hunting dogs. It was so much fun.

Tomorrow I will leave on another new adventure: hiking a small section of the Appalachian Trail. We will be hiking a little over 30miles from Greyson Highlands to Damascus. I am very excited about it but also very nervous. It’s only been THE hottest days of the year this week. Hoping for some cooler temps in the mountains of VA.

Here are a couple pictures from Pre-Challenge. Some of them are my students, which is cool to get to see them outside of the art room and pushing themselves in a different way!

Just Kidding!


I can’t stay away all summer so I guess I’ll just keep you up to date on what I am doing outside of school.

The first summer project: birthday gift for a soon to be 5 year old sweetie named Lizzie. My daughter chose the letters and then we picked up a canvas.

We hope Lizzie loves it!