Oct 11, 2016

A Day at the Dump

One of the greatest things about working in the family business is that I have the flexibility to go on field trips with the kids when my schedule allows.  Since I am room mom for Stella's class this year, I got the very exclusive opportunity to ride on the bus with her class to their first field trip.  Because of limited parking at the field trip site, only room moms were allowed to accompany the class and they were required to ride the bus.  And where was the glamorous destination for this oh so exclusive field trip?  


Wait for it...



The dump.  

Yes, we visited the St. Landry Parish Landfill, which is set up to give tours, strangely enough.  And we started our fun at the landfill with a selfie...
Actually, we started it by making crafts from recycled materials for an hour while the other half of our group took the tour, but soon enough it was our turn to ride up that mountain of trash...


It might not be noticeable in this photo, but the hill the tractors were climbing was SUPER STEEP...

Once we reached the summit, as it were, the kids were amazed that it really didn't stink.  The explanation?  Prevailing winds...
My treasure among the trash...
The ponds behind Stella are used to prove that the landfill is not hurting the environment.  As long as some alligators and ducks can survive in there, they know that nothing too terrible is getting into the ground...
Soon enough we were downwind of the garbage, and it was a very odiferous place to be...
The kids' reactions were priceless...



To distract them from the stink, we got them to pretend they were on a roller coaster while we barreled down the hill...

In spite of the strangeness of the field trip location, we both actually learned a lot.  For example, did you know that the landfill produces natural gas as the trash decomposes?  In St. Landry Parish, they capture this gas and refine it into fuel that they use to power their trash trucks.  Pretty cool, huh?

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