Saturday, July 14, 2007

Summer Part 1

I thought I would take a minute to let you know what I am doing this summer. I am doing this for a couple of reasons. First, I want to get into the habit of posting often and second, I am doing some really cool stuff this summer. As I write this I am setting in a hotel room in Denver, Colorado. I am looking out my window at the Rocky Mountains. Today has been a fun but tiring day. My new wife and I started the day by taking a tour of Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. It was a great tour that took us into the dugouts and out onto the field. We also took a few minutes to go by the capital of Colorado. The dome is covered with 200 ounces of gold leaf. It is beautiful.

After that we headed over to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It is an amazing museum. They have hundreds of dioramas of mounted animals. This is the second time I have been here and I am always amazed at how cool the dioramas are. There was a huge dinosaur exhibit as well as exhibits on space and Native Americans. There was also a balcony that gave an amazing view of downtown Denver. Tonight we are heading down to the ESPN zone. Sarah, my wife has never been there and we are hoping to catch part of the Royals game.

The reason we are in Colorado is because we are taking classes offered through the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs. Last week we took a class all about robots and satellites. I can’t wait to bring some of the stuff that I learned back to use in the classroom. One of my favorite lessons that we did involved “geocaching.” This is where you use a GPS unit to find a particular spot. I am already planning a lesson about this for the upcoming year.

Next week we are taking a class about geology. Our first two days are at Garden of the Gods, an amazing park with natural rock formations. The third day is at a nature center and the final day is on Pikes Peak. If you don’t know it, Pikes Peak is a big mountain. The elevation is 14,100 feet above sea level. I am afraid of heights. Not quite sure how well that is going to go but I am actually looking forward to challenging myself to go to the top. You always hear people say that it is good to get outside your comfort zone. I will definitely be testing that next week.

This summer I also got married, went to Disney World, and have completed 2 of 3 weeks of a math academy. It has been busy. I will be posting more on all of these things later. And next week I plan on putting up daily updates about the geology class.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Mr.Kelsy I like the idea that you take the time every day to do this you ARE awsome. I try to look at it every day. I know you put alot of time and hard work. Thanks, for a great story. Keep on writeing.

By Rafael