Goodbye Groton

on 03 April 2009

Right now I'm on my way to the Ithaca airport and tomorrow morning I start the Appalachian Trail at Springer mtn. in Georgia. There's a German phrase, schadenfreude, which roughly translates to "taking pleasure in others' misfortunes." 2,175 miles of rain, wind, freezing temperatures, mountains, mice, bears, snakes, blisters, bacteria, viruses, hunger, skunks, muscle cramps, strained tendons, coyotes, bobcats, angry grouse, rabid racoons, poison ivy, a heavy pack, and the same food over and over again will certainly lead to many instances of schadenfreude in this 5 million step "science experiment." However, as entertaining as those stories may be for everyone they will still be worth it because they fail miserably in comparison to the raging rivers, vivid sunsets, majestic wildlife, waterfalls, interesting people, bird songs, mountaintop views, the smell of damp mossy forests, and the overall appreciation for life on the planet that you experience while taking a walk in the woods.

I want to take a moment to thank the Groton Board of Education, Dr. Meyers, and Mrs. Filzen for seeing the value in this project and the opportunity to do it and Senator James Seward for recognizing the importance of implementing technology in our schools. I also want to thank the students, teachers, and community of Groton, NY for their support and interest in this project. Finally, I need to thank my parents for accepting my curiosity/insanity and need for exploration and my partner, Miss Coffey, who will be playing a huge role behind the scenes. I'll miss her and everyone else. See you when I return!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yo this is Tyler and Kelsey. Tyler is in Mr. D's class, Kelsey is in Mrs. Kopp's class. Is it wet!!! Tyler and Mr.D were talking and I should of thought of giving you a pedometer but it reaset every 9,999 steps. You should put a picture of you guys and the dog. Is skoob having fun? He probably has a headake!!!!! PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff said...

Well said Chad! You are about to experience "lebensraum" and I wish you the best.
You are a true 'Thiel' and I am proud of you!
Jeff

Dana and Kelley said...

Dana- Good luck Mr. Devoe!!! Be safe! We'll miss you! :3

Kelley(Dana's Mother)- Good luck and be careful.

Mr. DeVoe said...

Thanks everyone. I've had some plane issues so the trip's been pushed back a day. Hopefully I'll give you an update from the trail tomorrow.

Ashlee W. and Cassie C. said...

have a good trip!!!!!!! we will miss you!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

have fun

Anonymous said...

Chad - let us know when you start the trail. We'll be with you every step of the way and take care!!! Love, Mom, Dad and family

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's Jadelyn and Brittney. Mr. Devoe, we hope you have fun.

Anonymous said...

We miss Scoob and you.

from,
Hailey
and
Kaitlynn

Anonymous said...

the dog is cute

Anonymous said...

mr.devoe you are very brave for going on a 2,000 mile hike.

Anonymous said...

dear,Mr.devoe
I can't wait untill you get back good luck

Anonymous said...

dear,Mr.devoe
I hope you have a good time with Scoob and you other friends I hope you have good wether and I you do great on the trail so good luck.Cynthia

Anonymous said...

YO!!!!!!!! What up Scoob.This is Brian/Fox spea-king.How is Mr. DeVoe doing.What state are in? From,
Fox Brian

Anonymous said...

I hope you dont walk into any bad things on your way and if you do take brase of akshun.Hope you have a good time at the tral.I hope you have a goood time with skubbey:)

Anonymous said...

hey mr devoe i hope you are having so much fun

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