Our class wrapped up, with mixed emotions from me and Timo. Timo was traveling to attend a conference, and he missed the last class. He didn’t get to say goodbye to our students, which was sad. I was both glad and sad to end class myself. Glad because I, like everyone else, needed the holiday break. Sad because while it was work, it was fun.
I think every instructor wonders if we made a difference to our students. The end of the semester always brings reflections of what we did wrong and what we did right. One thing we really screwed up was not having students fill out informational notecards with photos and doing other activities early in the semester to help us learn names. It was much harder than we thought when we only saw our students once a week.
Our students mentioned they really liked going geocaching during class the best. The big question, should we do this again, is how would we do more of that? There are only so many geocaches to do nearby on campus, although maybe we could have students meet up at locations off campus for class. If we run the class again, we will have to check into the logistics of this. If it involved filling out field trip forms every week, that would be tough!
We know a few of our students will continue to geocache. Caitlin Meyer even hid a geocache at her home before class ended. MLC16 had found 88 geocaches before class started, and will almost certainly continue caching.
If anyone else is continuing to cache, we’d love to hear from you. We’d love to have you do a followup blog post too, if you were willing!
One of the many things we’ve done over the break is to go visit Caitlin’s cache in San Antonio. We visited with her and her Mom for a while, which was awesome. Caitlin organized a geocaching competition for the family Christmas gathering that was a big hit. I hope she’ll post again here to tell us about it.
Caitlin, Jean Marie and Timo near her cache in San Antonio, TX.
I figure this is probably going to be the umpteenth time you have heard this story, but it is too good to not use as my blog post. So as you are (I assume) aware, a couple weeks ago we went on a class trip to Huntsville state park. As the day started out, I was expecting the worst. It had just recently gotten cold, and I was up 2 hours before I usually roll out of bed. I trekked on, however, as I really did need to get some more caches on my log (Plus, that replacement assignment wasn’t looking to inviting). As the day pressed on, our group was going at a pretty decent pace. We had found every cache that we had looked for and we had found them with relative ease (keyword: relative). We had early on decided that using trails was for those not gifted in the art of geocaching and in the beginning, going straight from cache to cache had worked out pretty well. Then came ‘Stumped.’ Lame jokes aside this cache really did stump us. We went for the direct on approach, hiking through what we thought was a field of waist high grass. As it turns out, it was a marsh. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize this until it was far beyond too late. We soon became drenched (did I mention is was cold outside?) and when we finally got out and found the actual cache, a group member came upon the conclusion that she had lost her phone. We decided to go back and give searching for it a shot (with little hope that we’d actually find it). As we trenched our way back into the marsh and got re-soaked (and almost lost a shoe) we began searching for it. I guess luck was on are side or something that day because not even a minute after searching for it, it was found, thus turning a depressing episode into a laughable experience. Anyways, yeah, the whole event definitely made for a memorable time and I’m really glad I decided not to sleep through the trip.
I had completely forgotten about my last blog post! I think that since the break was coming up and I just wanted to go home my mind went blank.
I went geocaching recently with my dad and my sister. We were actually very successful this time! We out behind the elementary school by my house and found a couple there. It took a long time to find all of them, but luckily I had more time to actually look for them. I think the most interesting one I found was the cache that was a baby head. It was really creepy, but it was a fun find! The next day before I came back to college station we went out again and my mom came also. I had told her about it so she was pretty excited to go. This time we went out a little further away from my house and found a couple of caches there. My mom really enjoyed it, and my sister already likes it so she even made her own account on geocaching.com. There were so many caches in the area but there wasn’t that much time to keep looking, so hopefully I’ll go back one day.
Hope everyone has a good winter break!!
Sorry I didn’t blog on Friday like I was supposed to. I was with family and enjoying my break. However, I do have some new stories for y’all.
On the way back from San Antonio, I stopped in San Marcos on Sunday for the day to hang out with some friends from Texas State. I suggested going geocaching to get outta the dorms and see some new places. So for about 3 hours, we drove around San Marcos, seeing the river and enjoying the beautiful day. We found 5 geocaches, but our last one took us about 40 minutes to nab. It honestly took entirely too long, and it was thoroughly frustrating. But it was a great feeling when we got it!
Hopefully y’alls breaks were awesome like mine was. It was shorter than I would have liked, but we got a pretty long one coming up so I guess I cannot complain. All this holiday music is putting me in good moods!!
Thanks and Gig’em and Happy Holidays!
I hope everyone’s break was fantastic and that studying for finals is going great! I can not BELIEVE that this is semester is practically over already! It just seems to have flown by, there’s no way that we are already halfway through our first semester of college!
Over this semester I’ve learned plenty of things that I’ll carry with me through life but one that I’m the most happy about would have to be geocaching! This class has been a ton of fun and I know that the adventures I’ve gone on searching for caches have been just as great!
With the semester winding down I for one know I still have a couple of caches to find and even more to log (I’ll admit I’m not so great at remembering to do that…) but once I have them all in for this class I know that I will continue to go out searching for caches!
Closing out this final blog post I hope that all of you get the classes you need for this next semester without any trouble, I for one know that waking up at 5:45 tomorrow morning for registration was not on my to-do list but hopefully it will pay off!
Thanks and Gig ‘Em!
With the end of Corps Brass and the start of the Thanksgiving holiday, life was very peaceful for me over the break. Now back in the swing of things, I have begun studying for finals and preparing to experience a successful first semester at Texas A&M. Before that happened though something very interesting happened to a friend of mine.
Outside Kyle Field at gate 14, my buddy had a guest ticket that his brother couldn’t use because he was sick. I stood with him scoping out the crowd trying to find him a date. He found a pretty sophomore girl talking on the phone and pretended to be hanging out with me while he waited for her to hang up. She stood with her friend who was also attractive but we later found out she attends TU hsssssss! I waited with him and pretended to be busy while she continued to talk. Finally, she hung up and began to make her way to the gate with her friend. I watched from a distance as Dale (my buddy) made his way after her and stopped her. From where I stood it looked bad, there were awkward smiles and nodding of heads and at the conclusion of the exchange, Dale walked back to me shaking his head. But I noticed that the girl had turned around to follow him and I pointed discreetly and turned away. She had changed her mind and decided to go to the last home game of the season with my buddy who she just met.
We all went out that night after the game to go dancing but Harry’s was closed for Thanksgiving Weekend hssssss! While we were trying to figure out to do with the night Dale asked if I still had the geocaching app on my phone. When I asked why he said he wanted to borrow my phone and go hunt for caches with his date! I just about had a fit, I had no idea geocaching was going to be a chick magnet for my buddies!
Anyway I thought that was a pretty funny story to share with you guys after the break. Study hard for your finals!