10 Days in the mid-Appalachian region with a group of geography teachers connected through C-GEO, the Center for Geography Education in Oregon.
Books that helped me get a better grasp of the areas we visited:
White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, by Nancy Isenberg
Colored People, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Deer Hunting With Jesus: Dispatches From America's Class War, by Joe Bageant
At Home in the Heart of Appalachia, by John O'Brien
We flew in and out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and traveled through Western Maryland and West Virgina.
PPS has already had 5 "snow days" prior to today, but they were typical "Oregon snow" days, where we get wet, icy slush. This was a legitimate 4" plus (depending on what part of the city you live) magical winter wonderland. I didn't measure the snow by the book, since I took it on the porch under tall Douglas Fir trees, so we probably got more than 4 inches. It's going to stick around too...just got the text from the District, going for snow day number 7 tomorrow. Sheesh. We're going to be in school until July!
A visit to the home place brings forth amphibians on the fourth.
Took a walk recently on Sauvie Island's Wapato Greenway, which is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. A summer bloom of frogs was in progress!
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Jenny Gapp, has fourteen years experience as a teacher librarian, four seasons as a seasonal state park ranger assistant, and two summers adventuring with National Parks in an official capacity.