I've been getting some questions about the field trip, so here are a few details: We'll be on a charter bus for most of the day. We should arrive at the park just before 10 am and leave the park around 3 pm. There will be a few instructional stops before lunch, then we'll be at Big Meadows for at least 90 minutes. Big Meadows has a very nice museum and visitor center, as well as hiking trails for short strolls through the woods. You shouldn't have to do anything strenuous, unless you decide to do something crazy at Big Meadows.
Be advised that some forecasters are calling for partly cloudy weather with a high of 100 degrees (that's 38 for you centigrade fans), so please dress appropriately. We will provide a generous supply of water and Gatorade for the trip, but you should plan to bring your own sun block if you need it.
The bus will load outside of the Barbara Hodel Center on the campus of Patrick Henry College beginning at 8 am. That's the same building where you will check in when you arrive on campus (see this post for a map). We plan to leave precisely at 8:30 am, and most of you know what kind of a stickler I am for schedules. Please make every effort to be there on time. Thanks!
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