Another INSANE Homeschool Field Trip

This week the kids and I have been on a bot of an adventure trip. It’s been amazing, and mostly planned by Big. In our normal world, Little is very involved in a local Boy Scouts Troop. Its an active troop with all sorts of fun things going on, trips, campouts, camp, etc. It’s been great for him and he has a wonderful group of friends through scouting.

Unfortunately, Big doesn’t have a group like that. We were supposed to be a part of an American Heritage Girls start up troop… but it never got off the ground. Girl Scouts in our town is insanely cliquey and Big wants no part of it. 4H is active in pockets, but since we don’t do horses we’re pretty much out. So, she volunteers and helps with Cub Scouts, so she’s gotten to do some fun stuff, but it’s not “hers”.

So, this trip is planned around some things that Big wanted to do. So far we’ve had…

The World’s Largest Indoor Ropes Course…



And time with family, friends, “cousins”, driven in rental cars, navigated the Atlanta airport, and flown around the country. To say it’s a pretty good deal wouldn’t begin to describe it. And, to say that homeschooling TOTALLY rocks and makes these trips even cooler would be another HUGE understatement.

We’ll just look at the skiing deal…

Labrador Mountain, near Syracuse NY offers a $25 Learn to Ski Deal. If you live anywhere near Syracuse – DO IT!!! For $25 you get – lessons, gear (a helmet is $10 more, $5 if military), and a single slope life ticket if you pass the check out in your lessons. Well, slacker homeschoolers that we are we went on a Wednesday… at 10 am… and were 2 of 3 students. In the kid’s first lesson they had 1 instructor between the 2 of them. He was great!!! He was an adult (not a 20 year old), British, kind, and firm. He was also very safety concious. For the first 1 1/2 hour lesson they worked on the mini hill with the rope tow.

After the first 1 1/2 hours, their instructor wasn’t ready to sign them off, so they took a half hour break, ate some lunch, and then headed out to lesson Number 2. This lesson was another 1 1/2 hours, but this time they each had their own instructor. Seriously! Big took off up the lift with her instructor (another adult – a cool woman), and Little continued with his earlier instructor. They rode the lift, fell down the hill, and learned more. After the second lesson Big was signed off, but Little needed just a little more time. Little was exhausted so he came to chill out with me, and Big went to the big hill by herself and made 4 long runs. I am SO proud of her. She owned the hill (and it’s a huge hill!).

So this Learn to Ski deal is insane. The kids got 3 hours each of private lessons, rentals, and Big got to head out by herself. For $50! (I will say that I tipped the instructors well. I don’t think it was expected, but they were fabulous and totally deserved it.) Today we’re out on the slopes again, with Little in a quest for his Badger Lift Ticket. They both woke up “so, so sore” but were ready to tackle the slopes. I think part of it is the clear understanding that we leave tomorrow, and they won’t see snow for another year (Lord willing!!). Today they were the only 2 students there for lessons, the slopes are nearly empty of any skiers, and they again have individual instructors. Private lessons. Seriously.

Sure, you could do this on a Saturday in December – but I’d much prefer a Wednesday and Thursday in March where we have ski resort… and instructors!!… and insane discount prices… all to ourselves!!


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