Sorry this wasn't a cycling trip, but I just got back from my youngest boy's trip to the Bandelier National Monument. I also went in 2006 with my daughter, but sadly this is my last trip with the school since I'm fresh out of kids that would become 7th graders.
The trip was divided into two groups. Half the class went this trip, the second group is there now. The kids fend for themselves (with guidance, of course) as far as collecting all their gear, practice setting it up, plan their meals and shop for the groceries before loading it all up and heading out. At camp they set up their own tents, cook their own meals and get to choose which hikes and activities they will do. We toured the main ruins, took a hike down the Falls Trail down to the Los Brazos river, visited the Bradbury Science Museum and swam at the Los Alamos Aquatic Center.
My son has a great group of friends.
We were given a spiel by the world's unhappiest park ranger before setting off to see the sights. I'm not kidding. The woman was downright rude and didn't hide her dislike of children one bit.
At the museum.
The museum's focus was on the development of nuclear power and all the wonderful things it's given us...like Fat Man and Little Boy. Yikes!
The class (and me in the green hat).
I had an incredible amount of fun, hiked til I was sore, laughed til my sides hurt and was spared from the boys' cooking by the staff and parents who were to a fault all wonderful folks. The annual Staff & Parents vs. Students water basketball game was again won by the adults...thanks to my incredible skills...and the fact that I towered over the little shrimps and blocked all their shots. Heh.