From October 19th to October 25th we went to Astoria and Newport Oregon. It was an amazing trip. We went did many amazing activities such as, Zip-lining and going to different Beaches. We also learned many amazing things about sea life and tsunamis.
During this trip we had one major driving question. Being aware of your own thoughts, strategies, feelings and actions and their effects on others. I found myself in so many situations where this influenced me. One of the times I found this the most influential was on the quests. The Quests were like mini scavenger hunts around the different parks and towns of Oregon. We did the quests in groups of 5 or 6, my group was of six, there names were, Annie, Dries, Ryan, Erin and Julien. During the whole quest you had to be mindful of all those things especially your strategies and actions.
Another instance, was in the yurts. Well you were in the yurts you had to be really aware of your actions. Say at 10:00pm at night you don’t want to be to noisy. The other place I’d like to talk about is the bus. On the bus you had to control your actions even more then on the quests or in the yurts because, there was your teachers and the rest of your class. Anything you do will affect 25+ other people. The hardest times to manage your impulsivity are probably on the beach. When I’m on the beach I just want to go in the water or go on the sand dunes behind the beach. Both of which your not allowed to do. The way I kept myself from doing those things is, reminding myself that the water is really cold.
The last competency we were being assessed on over the trip was working interdependently. This was the hardest competency for me as I sometimes have troubles with working in groups.
During are trip we took photos and wrote about activities and then put those all together to create a book with book creator. Here is my book.
This is a Slider of the best photos I took on the trip.
On our trip we visited many different towns starting with Astoria and Warrenton, then Tilamook and Cannon beach area, then Newport and Finally Puyallup. My favourite place was Probably Newport but all the places were amazing.
On day 1 we had to get to school by 6:15am! It took about 10 hours to get down to Astoria although we had a lunch stop at Clark’s restaurant. The first thing we did in Astoria was go to the Astoria Column. After that we went to the beach and looked at the wreck of Peter Iredale. That night we stayed at Fort Stevens State Park. Day 1 was a day of managing your impulsivity which mostly happened on the bus
Day 2 was probably my favourite day. We started the day off going to Fort Stevens and learned about many military related things. After, we went to Dairy Queen and then High Life Adventures where we went Zip-lining! Zip-lining was super fun. I was a little bit nervous at first because I had never gone Zip-lining before, but I quickly realized that I had nothing to worry about. Dinner that night was at Nisa’s Thai Kitchen which was super good. We once again stayed at Fort Stevens State Park. Day 2 was another day of managing your impulsivity and also managing your thoughts and strategies which we had to do on our first quest.
On day 3 we started out by going to the Columbia River Maritime museum. After that, we went to Pig’n Pancake for lunch which was at Cannon Beach. Then we went to Cannon Beach and It was incredibly stormy so we didn’t stay there for long. After Cannon Beach we bussed to Tillamook. In Tillamook we went to the Tillamook Creamery. That was really cool. After we bussed down to Newport where we went for dinner at Izzy’s. That night we started our 3 day stay at South Beach State Park. Day 3 was once again managing your impulsivity at cannon beach and on the bus.
On day 4 we started out with Quests. After the Quests we had Fish’n Chips for lunch. Then we went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center where we learned about Sea Life. Dinner that night was at the Chalet which I had to make an Advertisement for (that is another project I should have a blog post about it later this week). Once Again that night was at South Beach state Park. On this day we had to manage are thoughts and strategies and how they effected other people during our quests. We also had to work interdependently.
This day was also really great. We started the day off by making ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) at the Hatfield Marine Science Center which was really cool and challenged us to work interdependently. Then we went to Yaquina Head which was amazing! Cobble beach had so much cool sea life and the quest we did at Yaquina Head was also tons of fun. After, we went to Beverly Beach State Park, it was stunning! Dinner that night was Chinese food. This was our last night in the Yurts at South Beach State Park.
On Day 6 we had to leave Newport. We started by just going to a place in Newport where we did a quest and looked at Sea Lions. Then we went to Depoe Bay which was really cool. It had this great Socks Shop. After, we back to Washington to go to John’s Incredible Pizza Company. It was a buffet and Arcade. Then we had to leave to head to Leave to go to are last spot we stay. Ike Kinswa State Park.
This Day finished off our incredible trip. We started it off by going to the North West Trek. We saw many cool animals such as Bison, Wolves, Cougars, Beavers, River Otters and many more. Finally for our last meal of the trip we ate at the Golden Corral, the most unhealthy buffet ever! The food was great but the chocolate fountain was even better. Finally to finish the trip we bussed back to Seycove. This was a phenomenal trip! As this was the day we bussed back we once again had a long bus ride and we had to manage our impulsivity over it.
One last thing I would like to say is thank you to our awesome teachers for making this trip possible!!!!!! We all really appreciate it!!!