Five for Friday, a Day Late!

Happy Saturday!

So this is my first-ever venture into the Five for Friday foray, and of course, I’m also a day late! I know a Teeny Tiny Teacher regularly posts a Five for Fraturday, so hopefully it’s okay if I follow her lead! Here we go...



Mr. Cronin and I started the week in Las Vegas, where he joined me towards the end of the SDE I Teach Second! Conference. Funny story—it’s HOT there. 111°, to be precise. We had a lovely evening on Friday trying happy hour apps at a couple of lovely restaurants, and although we had beverages along with the food, I was very much focused on making sure to drink plenty of water. We were headed off to the High Roller, the grown-up Ferris wheel, for a lovely nighttime view of the Strip, and I wasn’t feeling great. At first I thought I might have eaten something that didn’t agree, but turns out—I was dehydrated! And I had just been drinking water! Anyways, I was fine once I had some more water, but Mr. Cronin wouldn’t let me go on the High Roller that night. Luckily, we had one more day (we checked out the Titanic exhibit at the Luxor—pretty cool!) and night in Vegas, so we did finally get on there Saturday night, and the view, as you can see, was quite spectacular.


Sunday we headed out for the Hoover Dam, and that view is also totally spectacular. It is still HOT there, and guess who got woozy after our leisurely walk from the car snapping photos? (I’ll give you a hint—it wasn’t me this time!) Luckily, we still enjoyed our tour once we upped the water consumption, and learning about dams turned out to be very interesting. For example, I didn’t realize that the arched shape distributes pressure evenly across the dam, and also forces the sides of the dam into the canyon walls. We’re planning on doing some work in the classroom with dams this year as we start implementing the new Science standards, so I’m looking forward to applying my new learning!



We headed up to the Grand Canyon after that, and saw a beautiful sunset Sunday night. Monday morning we hiked around the Canyon rim some more, and then we headed off for our helicopter tour! I thought I might be scared, but I really wasn’t. It is such an incredible way to see the Canyon, and really gives you perspective on the different climates at each rim. Unfortunately, because you’re taking pictures through the helicopter glass, my pictures from the ride aren’t as clear as my others, but definitely offer incredible views!



Three times on our way out of the park, we got to see some up-close wildlife. Twice, we saw these beautiful mule deer (I think...), which are way less skittish than the deer we have out east. They were very content to munch grass by the side of the road, and I was able to get this picture. Once we saw elk just off the road in the woods, but the rule-following teacher in me refused to get out of the car and snap photos like so many others because the park guides say to stay SIX car lengths away from the wildlife, and I wanted to respect that rule...but others did not. So sadly, I don’t have a photo of the beautiful elk. :(


One teacher-related photo here—my Prime Day splurge arrived! I have pulled it out of the box so far...and that's about it. I'm not sure what I'll be doing with it, how to use it, or even where to start, but I'm very excited to have joined the Cameo-owning world. I'll be posting about my journey from newbie to novice as I go!

Thanks for joining me today! 


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