By Rosie Oakes on the behalf of the GeoDESLA Staff
Today was the last day of GeoDESLA 2018. All the students have boarded their planes back home to all corners of the country, It’s been an incredible week filled with with science, adventure, road trips, laughter, leadership, and friendship. As the final blog post of the trip, the staff wanted to share the poem and video from our closing ceremony last night. We hope it gives you an insight into our week and hope the students look back on this time with fond memories.
GeoDESLA 2018 – Closing Ceremony Poem
By the GeoDESLA staff
We’ve been on an adventure called GeoDESLA,
And I’ve got some stories I’d like to share with ya.
Our trip started at Billings Airport,
At which Nick’s stay was not short.
After a long day of travel, the students arrived,
But Sami’s bag met its demise.
We kicked off with some teambuilding games,
In a desperate attempt to learn each other’s names.
We played no-ball-volleyball and human chess,
And while many fell, Megan’s jump had finesse.
Then we ventured into the Bighorn Basin,
Where we learnt the importance of hydration.
Blake’s hydration experience surpassed the rest,
Because his Hydroflask was the best! (“Ummmm…how refreshing”)
While Eli and Evan fought rocks with a crowbar,
Groups scouted for float, both near and far.
When Tommy and Jasen excavated ribs, they’d find another one,
And Owen licked a lot of rocks, which he thought was fun.
Arianna wielded a pick axe with power and skill,
And Ethan helped to move an entire hill.
Cynthia dug, excavated, and plastered,
And as a team, our paleo-skills were mastered.
Then it was off to Yellowstone with Dr. V,
When nearly the whole group was bursting for a wee.
On the way to the tuff cliff, a new knee was nearly needed by Claire,
And Sami fell over before we even got there!
Liam fell in love with the fluffy Bison,
And Caid’s version of Country Road was written and sung.
Then it was time to study rivers and streams,
And Chris threatened to throw students down ravines.
We discussed groundwater and terraces in the scorching heat,
But Marie’s hydrological prowess was not to be beat.
We finished the week with a hike up the Basin Lake Trail,
Working as a well-oiled machine, so as not to fail.
Kelly may be tiny, but she is mighty,
Even the grizzly bears seemed to be flighty.
We spent lunch throwing rocks into water,
Some flew far, while others fell shorter.
Now this is the end of our epic trip,
And we all think it’s been totally sick!
Our closing ceremony would not be complete,
Without thanking the leader of our little fleet.
Her name is Rosie and she carried all of our weight,
She’s more than quite good, she’s really great.
GeoDESLA 2018 – Closing Ceremony Video
Video editing – Kelly Rozanitis
Photo credit – Eli Zukowski and Chris Vito
That’s all from us. Thank you all for such a great trip, and keep in touch! GeoDESLA out.
Rosie, Marie, Loyc , Chris, Kelly, and Nick