Friday, May 21, 2010

2004 Train Trip – Part 17 - Epilogue

Well, my epilogue turned out to be too long for anyone to read in just one sitting, so I have broken it up into eight parts.  Here are some thoughts looking back on the trip as sort of footnotes now in May of 2010.  Some of these ideas struck me at the time and due to laziness, I didn't write them down, and others are more reflective and informational to help fill in some of the gaps in the travel log I kept at the time.

As I read through the adventures of our 2004 train trip, a few things come to mind.  The first is that when I mentioned in the beginning of my blog in "Part 1", a reference to a trip that some of my classmates and I took to Canyon De Chilly.  For those of you who don’t know, I went to an elementary school that promoted art and education through experience called, Oakwood School. 

In each class year, we would study a subject or two, and physically learn about our subject.  We made some of the artifacts of the culture such as pottery and Kachina dolls, and we visited the catacombs of the Chinese under Olvera Street.  In second grade, our subject was the dinosaurs and a bit of Chinese history.  Third grade was the Hopi Native Americans.  Forth grade was the Vikings, and by fifth grade, I was pulled out of Oakwood because I still couldn’t read well, and my parents were fed up with the program since we didn’t seem to be hitting the three R’s hard enough (or at least I didn’t).