Thursday, October 25, 2018

Chadd is in West Virginia with Mrs. Shin's son, Max!

The CFES Science Paraprofessional Mrs. Shin's  son, Max, is spending a year in an educational and cultural  exchange program called WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities at Organic Farms).  

He will be working at various farms in exchange for room and board, seeing animals roam free and treated well, respecting nature, and growing food cleanly.  Right now, he is at Evans Knob Farm in West Virginia, with great hosts and a roommate who is a WWOOFer all the way from Hungary! 

Max has been learning all aspects of living on a self sustaining farm.  Feeding the animals, harvesting food and chopping wood to help in the winter months.  Even with all Max has been doing, he has had some time to get away from the farm and explore the local area.

Keep an eye out for more pictures of Chad's adventure with Max.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Chadd went to Northern California with the Lang Family!

The Lang family took Chadd on an adventure to Northern California last week!

The Lang family flew into San Francisco and drove up to the Redwood Forest area where they met up with their cousins.  The Lang family and Chadd spent a few days near the Russian River.  They explored the beautiful beaches of the area, saw harbor seals and found sea glass! They also got to visit the Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and snap a photo with a 1,400 year old Redwood tree! 

The Lang's drove back into San Francisco and took a double-decker bus tour.  On their bus trip, they stopped at Pier 39 to take in the amazing views and were entertained by the sea lions "barking" and bickering on the piers.  

What an awesome trip!  Thank you Lang family!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Chadd visited Hungary and Austria with Breydan and Duncan Hossack!

Chadd visited Hungary and Austria recently and had a tremendous trip with the Hossack family!  

To begin, Chadd and the Hossack family toured Budapest and the Castle District.  The Castle District housed the Houdini museum as well as underground caves where Count Dracula was once imprisoned!  Yikes!

The Hossack family and Chadd visited the countryside in Hungary and climbed some ancient ruins.  They also toured Vienna, Austria, the  Hapsburg summer palace and catacombs!  What a trip!

Thank you Hossack family!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chadd got the opportunity to travel with the Fresco Family to Alaska, Washington, and Oregon this summer!

The Fresco's 3-week vacation was filled with fun adventures and wildlife!

The trip started in Alaska where the Fresco’s spent 7 days aboard the Classic Yacht Discovery, along with their extended family.  The 87’ yacht started in Juneau and traveled around Admiralty Island by day, and anchored in small peaceful coves by night.  

During the trip, the family saw dozens of humpback whales bubble feeding right in front of our boat, Orcas swimming and jumping out of the water, Stellar Sea Lions lying on rocks barking at each other, and seals curiously watching us as we kayaked in the cove. There were also a variety of birds along the way, and of course, the EAGLE was the favorite of the birds!!  Another highlight was watching a brown bear and her two cubs playing in the grass near the water.  The scenery was always beautiful with snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers, and a parade of ice bergs on the 4th of July.  It was the trip of a lifetime!!

After Alaska, the Fresco Family rented a car in Seattle, Washington and enjoyed a 1200-mile road trip throughout Washington and Oregon.  They spent a day in Seattle, and loved the views from the Space Needle.  Then they visited Mt. St. Helens and enjoyed breathtaking views of the volcano during their hike.  

The Fresco's spent a few days in Skamania, where they enjoyed the hotel’s Aerial Park, and took day trips to visit the gorgeous Multinomah Falls, followed by a fun day on Mount Hood at the Skibowl Adventure Park.  Their final destination was to a beautiful coastal town in Newport, OR.  Along the coast we visited Sprouting Horn, Thor’s Well, and Yaquina Lighthouse.  The boys' favorite activity was riding Quads on the massive dunes of Oregon.  The final day in Oregon we spent driving along the northern coast, with a stop in Astoria (where they filmed the movie, Goonies) before heading back to Seattle to fly home.

Chadd had a fantastic time with the Fresco’s - it was a wonderfully long 3 week journey we’ll remember forever!

Chadd Went To Arizona With The Condelles Family!

Chadd had a great time over Summer Break visiting the Southwest with Fifth Grader James, Third Grader Rebecca and their little brother William!

Their first stop was Grand Canyon National Park. Chadd climbed 85 steps to take in some amazing 360 degree views from the Watchtower. He stopped to see the Grand Canyon Railway pull into its station in the park and even hiked some of the Bright Angel Trail.

Chadd then headed south with the Condelles Family to Williams, Arizona, a town on historic Route 66. Chadd definitely got his kicks walking the main street where music from the 1950's played from the storefronts.

Chadd's last stop was 270 miles away in Tucson, Arizona where he got a real feel for the Sonoran Desert. He visited Tohono Chul Park with the Condelles Family to see Prickly Pear and Saguaro Cactus up close.

Chadd survived the 100 degree days and had a really fun adventure!  

Thank you Condelles family for the wonderful trip!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Chadd went to the Philippines with the Rayos Family!

Over spring break, Chadd went to the Philippines with Dominic Rayos and his family.  They first flew to Silay, the hometown of Dominic's maternal grandparents, where they visited their sugar farm, had an outdoor lunch with some of the workers, and toured the milling company founded by Dominic's great grandfather.  How cool is that?!

They then spent a few days with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents at a mountain resort in Tagaytay.

Finally, they returned to Manila, where Chadd and Dominic met an equestrienne and her horse while visiting the Polo Club.

Chadd really enjoyed his trip to the Philippines!  THANK YOU RAYOS FAMILY!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chadd went to Morocco, Spain, France, Italy and Monaco with the Tucker Family!

Over Spring Break, Stella, Michael, and Lilly Tucker (5th, 3rd, and Kindergarten) took Chadd the Charger along to Barcelona, the South of France, Monaco, Italy and Morocco!!! 

In Barcelona, they visited the Picasso museum and La Sagrada Familia, walked along the beach, and sampled the awesome Spanish tapas. After Barcelona, they flew to Nice and took a road trip along the French Riviera, visiting the country of Monaco and the French towns of Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Marseille and hiking along the French National Park, Gorges of Calanques. They also enjoyed a nice dinner of pizza and gelato in Italy.  Finally, they flew to Morocco and met up with cousins from Utah. There, they did another road trip, including the cities of Marrakesh where they shopped at the world famous Djemma El-Fna market (seeing snake charmers and magicians) and ending in Merzouga, where they rode a camel into the Sahara desert (on the border of Algeria) and camped.  

The kids all agreed that one of the coolest things they saw was multiple goats hanging out in a tree.  

It was a really fun trip for all!