Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Surprise!

Hello future readers!

I hope you like looking at pictures, 'cos I put a LOT of them in this entry!

On Tuesday, we went on our yearly class trip to the Springfield Farms Pumpkin patch. It was the perfect Fall enough for our jackets, but not too cold. On the bus ride there, we were talking and joking, and challenging each other to thumb wrestling, when Miss LasSalle called for quiet, and said that after we picked out our pumpkins, there would be a special surprise! Outta site!

Then we really made a racket! We all wondered what the surprise could possibly be. Jason thought it was candy, Melody thought it was a hay ride. Jennifer said maybe we wouldn't have to go back to school after our field trip and the bus would take all of us home! *giggle*

When we got off the bus, Miss LaSalle reminded us that we had to stick close by and to only choose one pumpkin. Well that was gonna be tough. All the pumpkins were so beautiful. I really love coming here. Away from the pollution of cars in town, the trees really change pretty colors, and the air smells cleaner. It's really groovy.

Well we all wandered around for awhile, looking at pumpkins and gathering pretty leaves.

After everyone picked out a pumpkin, Miss LaSalle told us to put them on the bus, and come back out for our surprise. We all got a little carried away, running and pushing to be the first ones on and off the bus. When we got off the bus, we saw Cherokee! The horse from our horseback riding lessons at Camp Echo Hill! Far out! We all cheered and clapped. Things were a little slow at the dude ranch Cherokee comes from, so his owner, Mr. Gage, brought him to the pumpkin patch so we could ride around and take "pony pictures"! We all agreed that this was a super surprise. since Cherokee is so old, and can't gallop anymore, it was safe for us to ride him without Mr. Gage's help, like we did at camp. Everyone got to trot around the pumpkin patch once and then stop for pictures. Miss LaSalle was getting them developed and giving them to us as a Halloween present! Man, is she ever the grooviest teacher on Earth! Anyway, here are our pictures:

I really like Wendy's pictures.

Kim loved it! She couldn't have done this back in New York!

Go Melody! *giggle*

Cheryl told me once that her uncle took her horseback riding on the beach! No wonder she looks like she was born to ride.

My turn! Wow, I wish I had a horse like Cherokee. But where would I keep him? *giggle*

There goes Sunny!

When Jason got on Cherokee's back he yelled "Yee-Haw!" like he was a cowboy or something!

Jennifer really missed Cherokee when we came home from camp this summer. She was so happy to see him again.

Even Miss LaSalle took a picture to send to her family in France.

What a dynamite field trip! We all said a big thank you to Mr. Gage and Miss LaSalle for this wonderful day. When I get home, I'm gonna make Miss LaSalle and extra special card. Not all teachers are as groovy as she is. My mom says she appreciates how she goes out of her way to do nice things for us kids. She's the greatest teacher at Springfield Elementary School. I hope the teachers in the future are just a special and as far out as Miss Mimi LaSalle.

Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman


  1. Replies
    1. It really was! None of us were expecting to go horseback riding and get our pictures taken! Miss LaSalle is really super!

  2. Looks like fun! Been a long time since I went horseback riding!

    1. I'm not really a great rider. I've never been on a galloping horse before. Cherokee is a great horse, for kids because he's too old to gallop.

  3. Hi Julie,
    Miss LaSalle is a peach!

  4. I love the pictures of Melody, Wendy, and you! It's groovy that you got to ride Cherokee; he looks like a great horse. Hope you all had fun on your field trip! =)

  5. Thanks Adaline. It was a dynamite day. I love school field trips!

  6. What happened to Danny, Shant, Susan, Rachel, Robyn, Lisa, April & Stephanie. did they do it too.

    1. No, they're in Mrs. Johnson's class. They may have gone to the pumpkin patch, (I don't know), but I didn't hear anything about Cherokee. I think that's something Miss LaSalle worked out.