I'm just back from the desert southwest, and have returned to civilized, not-very-wild Silicon Valley. The sky is closer, nature feels further away.
I enjoyed a week of geology, of new sights around every corner. I spent that week with a class of 8th graders on their last big field trip. They're still on the road for another 10 days or so. If it's anything like my week, it will be the trip of a lifetime.
It was great to see the kids evolving in real time. Trying new things, learning to take better care of themselves, pushing their limits, and learning everything from the domestic -- cooking and laundry -- to the geologic, the paleologic, the anthropologic, the social, and the climate.