Earth, Environmental Science and Geography Tour of the United States of America
Seattle San Francisco, New York City
Mazenod students from years 10, 11 and 12 toured Seattle, San Francisco and New York City as part of their Earth and Environmental Science and Geography trip to the United States during the Term 2/3 school holidays. The boys visited many iconic American sights and experienced American culture.
We left Perth on the ‘red eye’ on Thursday night; it was a long flight over but with the adrenalin rushing, we arrived in good spirits. We relaxed a little before attending the 4th of July celebrations with the fireworks over Union Lake. The highlights of our visit to Seattle were the tour of the Museum of Flight where on display was an array of space aircraft and the high tech flight simulators. The fieldtrip to Mt St Helens was outstanding. We were fortunate to experience brilliant blue skies to capture the view of the volcano. The boys enjoyed a short hike along Johnson’s Ridge in order to gain a different perspective of the caldera. We then left Seattle and went to San Francisco. The highlights of our visit to San Francisco included the ferry ride to the Golden Gate Bridge, the tour of Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, the bike ride across the Golden Gate bridge and to the picturesque town on Sausalito, the Aquarium of the Bay, the Exploratorium, climbing Coit Tower, our tour of the hippy district of Haight-Ashbury and a visit of the earth science exhibits at the California Academy of Science. The city, in particular Fisherman’s Wharf really lit up during the week we arrived because it was the 4th of July long weekend – America’s peak holiday season. So the boys got to experience a significant cultural event. We then left for New York City and arrived late Thursday night during the first week of the holidays.
The highlights of our visit to San Francisco included a night tour of the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Centre or known as the ‘Top of the Rock’, visits to Times Square, a tour of the Finance District, the Highline District, Soho, Tribeca, a visit to the Statue of Liberty from Battery Park, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial, a look at the array of exhibits at the American Natural History Museum, a walk through Central Park and a tour of the Tenement Museum in lower east side of Manhattan. Apart from visiting these sites, experienced American culture and also the workings of a city which contains around half as many people as the whole of Australia. The scale of New York is immense and by simply using the subway to move to certain parts of the city, the boys understood just how vital that infrastructure is to the successful function of New York. One couldn’t help think of how New York compares to Perth on so many levels.
We left New York and back across the USA to Perth via Sydney. Needless to say we were all exhausted and glad to be back home to sleep and recover from the inevitable jetlag. To Ryan Di Toro,Mitchell Fernando,Morgan Wade,Brendan Donetta,Sebastiano Rosati,Cameron Crook,Alessandro Paduano,Alistair Ryan,Brandon Godfrey,Callum Smith,Nicholas Parry,Scott Glassby,Stefan Grosvenor,Ryan Newbold,Jacob English,Bailey Brown,Clayton Yeats,Richard Honey,Jason Nalepa,Sean Ford andMatthew Burn thanks for your conduct and behaviour on the tour. You were great ambassadors for Mazenod College and Australia.
Many thanks to Ms Anna Scanlan and Mr Geoff Stallard who helped to organise and run the Humanities tour. Their experience, advice and wisdom during the tour was invaluable and ensured that the boys were well looked after.
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