Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Discovery Destination (Northern San Joaquin County)

Using an earlier post about field trip ideas (Field Trip Brainstorm), our family enjoyed a discovery destination on Memorial Day.

Here's how it works:

I modified a  regular die with small paper cut-outs with the directional letters N, S, E, and W. We also took along:
- a twenty-sided die to calculate minutes (thanks to my lovable D&D nerd-husband)
- a tangible road map of California
- a GPS
- snacks and drinks

We're lucky enough to live at the crossroads of many highways and byways, which could have taken us in any direction. Our first rule was that the initial roll would predict which freeway to take (instead of going street by street, though you can do that too if you want to likely stay in town). Aidyn's first roll had us going North for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, we rerolled and followed the dice's instructions after that. We could have ended up anywhere.

Eventually, "Mr. Dice" (as Aidyn referred to them), the wielders of fate, delivered us to this random feed store on the outskirts of a little town. We stopped in and explored, meeting and greeting kittens, chirping chicks, ducklings, and dwarf rabbits. We never would have met these adorable creatures had the dice not delivered us there. We also saw interesting things roadside that we might not have noticed had we not done this: gorgeous country houses, intimate family-owned wineries, and olive farm, a hidden golf course, and a public greenhouse.

I am probably unable to fully catalogue everything that Aidyn learned during this trip, but in doing a discovery destination, we worked with directions, moved around in our little world, and learned to let chance take us where it did.

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