NORTH CREEK Each year, Johnsburg Central School middle school students in Travel Club, accompanied by students from Long Lake and Newcomb, spend four days in either Washington, D.C. or Boston.
Seventh and eighth graders go on the trip, so students can experience both destinations.
The JCS chaperones for this year’s successful trip from April 26-29 were teachers John Hurley and Tracy Watson.
Students departed Thursday, April 26, getting on the bus “for a long time,” said JCS participant eighth grader Evan Riedinger, and went to the Motel 6 near Boston for the night.
The next morning, the real adventure began by going to see the U.S. Constitution and the Boston Science museum. Students toured through what they called “the pregnancy section” (“How Your Life Began”), and watched an IMAX movie about how the Arctic is melting and how the polar bears are having a hard time surviving.
Later on Friday, after seeing the Pilgrim Sands site in Plymouth, the Travel Club group had a pool and pizza party.
On Saturday, they woke up early to see the Boston Aquarium and another IMAX movie, “Into the Sea.” Then came the Boston duck tours, cars that operate on both land and water, which were “really fun,” Riedinger said.
On Sunday, waking up early again, the group went to Plimoth Plantation and finally traveled home, “watching a lot of movies,” which helped pass the time during the long return ride, said JCS seventh grade student Jimmy Morris.
Riedinger liked the Boston trip better.
“We did more and the things we did were more interesting than riding in a tour bus or walking through a graveyard,” Riedinger said. “The things we did in Boston, going to the aquarium, the pizza party, they were awesome.”
Hurley, a teacher who has been chaperoning for 12 years, said, “It’s the kids that make it enjoyable, because with them, it’s fun. It’s never the same because it’s never the same kids.”
Hurley said this trip was a little different for him.
“This was the first trip we went on without parent chaperones, and there was only one bus,” Hurley said.
Hurley also praised the kids and their behavior.
“Everywhere we went, the kids got compliments on behavior,” he said. “They were great. The only thing that could’ve made the trip better was nicer weather.”