Saturday, October 22, 2016


5th Graders at our school are basically the luckiest kids alive. There "field trip" is a week long stay on Catalina Island for CIMI (Catalina Island Marine Institute). Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, labs, and eating are all on the agenda for the week. 

Vera has spent a week every summer at her grandparent's house since she was five, but this was different. No phone calls and very few updates due to limited Wifi even for the chaperones. I was a little teary saying good-bye to her at 5:30am in the morning on Monday of CIMI week.

First up, a bus ride to Long Beach. 

Next, a two hour boat ride from Long Beach to Catalina. 

BOOM! Paradise:

Vera's home away from home for the week!

Sunrise hike:

Simply gorgeous. Turns out that the kids had a harrowing kayak experience with choppy seas and kids freaking out.

High Ropes Course/Giant Swing:

Not kidding you, Vera putting a piece of a dissected squid on her tongue as part of a Harry Potter House Challenge. Ha! One of the teachers on the trip mentioned afterwards to me how impressed she was that Vera pushed herself to do everything even if she was scared. 

They say lots and lots of Garibaldi!

Needless to say, these mamas missed their kids.

So thankful for the opportunity that she was given to participate in this adventure. 

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