The next few days, we climbed Stinking Water and Drinking Water, which are not in fact the little hills a lady who sold mediocre peach pie told us they we wouldn't have to worry about. But just before Stinking, Liz found this young guy at a rest stop who had biked the Northern Tier adventure cycling route a few years ago. He gave her his pressure gauge, the first of the many incredible people we would meet over the next two days. And at the peak, we brainstormed a demo to add to our lessons to teach about how photovoltaics work.
We hiked it to some hot springs hidden off the side of the road just passed Juntura, where we planned to camp. There, a guy named Tom treated us to a bounty of fresh food local to the places he had just driven his camper van through. The hot springs lived up to their delightful reputation in the morning, though we had to ford a rushing river to get to them.
Finally, the same night the NBC special aired, we made it to Idaho! Three states down, many to go. Becca picked us up the next day from the orchard we camped in. We spent the night in Boise and then went up to Cambridge to teach at our third school (and hunt for mushrooms). In case you haven't read her profile, here's a link to the interview Rachel did with her.
Becca teaches at a tiny 7th-12th grade school that caters mostly to farming communities, and a lot of the kids come from broken homes with limited support capabilities. The school has limited resources too. We taught six classes and were totally burnt out by the end of the day. But it was interesting to see how each lesson in each class changed to adapt to the needs of the students and our experiences with the previous classes.
Then we biked down to Boise this week and stayed with a family that took their two teenage daughters across the country last year. What a trip!
We just got back from teaching at our fourth school, Hidden Springs Elementary. It was incredible experience, but -- CLIFFHANGER -- this update is way long enough, so we'll save that for our next update!
Rachel and Elizabeth