Seventeen very excited fourth graders and 8 equally excited adults boarded the bus in Manchester and headed north to The Flume and Canon Mountain Resort for their field trip in early June. As part of Social Studies in fourth grade, students have “virtually walked” the length of the State of New Hampshire throughout this school year, and ended their program with this fantastic field trip paid for with a grant from Toshiba.
Students walked the full length of the Flume Gorge and were fascinated by the scenery, the waterfalls, the wildlife and the foliage. Tons of water crashed around them as they navigated the walkways and stairways moving through the narrow passage between the canyon walls to the top of the trail. On the way back down, they stopped at a covered bridge, waterfall pools and looked at trees that seemed to be growing right out of the tops of huge boulders.
After a visit to the gift shop and lunch, the group went to Canon Mountain (about 4 miles up the road) and took the tram ride to the top of the famous ski hill. Students hiked around at the top of the mountain and even went to the highest level of the observation deck to get a full 360 degree view that took in Vermont, Manchester and even Canada! When students came down, they all had old-fashioned hand made ice cream from the gift shop at Canon Mountain and relaxed on the grassy hill outside before boarding the bus to return to Manchester. It was a beautiful day of sunshine, lots of adventure, chances to have fun and take some great still shots and videos. Parents, teachers and students had a great time.