Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fifth Grade trip to Mt Herman and Milk Shakes

When Traveling Stop for a Milkshake !!
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Our fifth grade class had been studying about the California Missions, and the early settlers including the Indians.  Our teacher wanted us to experience a real mission first hand.  Her family had a mountain cabin that could sleep a crowd by using an attic filled with mattresses and also using the carpeted downstairs floor. 

She volunteered to escort our class to take a series of field trips to Mount Herman and on the way to visit the Mission in San Jose.

Our teacher sent out permission slips for our parents to sign and return. We anxiously awaited our turn for this expedition. 

Dividing our class into four groups - - each week end, our teacher made a trip with one of the groups of children.  This included a stop at the mission in San Jose and a tour by the Priest.

Each of us had been assigned a contribution for our dinner once we arrived at the cabin. Then we went to visit some shut in neighbors and sing some of the songs we had been learning in school. The neighbors cordially welcomed us, and seemed to enjoy our singing, and a visit from children was a much appreciated treat for them.
Swing in the tree
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Because our family did not own a sleeping bag, mother had created one for me out of a quilt and some cozy blankets. It probably kept me warmer than some of the other girls.

The next morning our teacher provided a lovely breakfast, and then we girls took turns on the swing. The tree that held the swing was next to a cliff over-hang so as we swung, our bodies went flying out into space, and what a thrill that was.

On the return trip home we were to bring enough money so we could all stop for a milk shake and stretch our legs before the final jaunt for home. Although I had enjoyed ice cream on occasion, I had never had a milk shake before so to me this was a luxurious treat.

Arriving back at the school, our parents were there to welcome us home and to help us unload our things.

Although this was an exciting adventure for me, I was happy to be home, and to be able to sleep in my own bed.

The saying “There is no place like home” is so very true.

These days I think often about heaven and how real it is. It will be like coming home after a long journey – an extended trip that has made us weary and all tired out. Jesus will be there to welcome us home, but we will not unload any suitcases and sleeping bags, because you cannot bring anything with you.  All your wealth and fortune is left behind.

However your treasures may be sent on ahead while you are still here.

Jesus said, “Lay not up for your selves treasures on earth where moth and rust does corrupt, but lay up treasures in heaven.”

This post is linked with Ann Kroeker’s Food on Fridays  where you may enter your post that has anything about food.  Also a recipe would be nice too!    I submit here a simple recipe for an easy to make mildshake.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Milkshake

1 cup chocolate or vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup whole milk
3 - 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
Put all the ingredients in the canister of a blender. Blend until smooth.

Want a different milkshake ?? Try this one


1 whole sliced banana
2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter
4 scoops ice cream
(slightly more than 1 cup milk)

Place all ingredients in the blender. Start on crush to make sure the banana pieces and the peanut butter blend together. Put the blender on smoothie until the milkshake is nice and smooth.

This post was also linked with:

Stacy’s Heartprints Hallelujah Fridays
Laura’s Faith Filled Friday   


  1. Hazel, I really enjoyed this "trip." It was like being there. And yes, it is always so sweet to get home -- with the last homegoing the Bible talks about being too wonderful even to imagine! Thank you.

  2. It's obvious you are REALLY non-captcha... and I love it!!

    Anyhow, your story is really neat. I could just imagine it in those years past. Things weren't so automatically covered and in place for everyone. And, yes, heaven. I often think of that and how we will be blessed with what we will see in our new "Home".

    Hope you enjoyed the milkshake. [One of my forever-favorites.]

  3. Ahhh Hazel, you know how I love your early childhood memories, what a novel they would create. How I wish I could read the whole story... If I long for it... so would all the other regular people.... Thanks again.

  4. Totally enjoyed this and now wishing I could go on a similar trip myself then to enjoy the comfort of home :)

  5. Love your stories, Hazel and the way you write. Thank you for bringing us into your life!

  6. thank you for sharing this lovely experience and your reflection about heaven. the milkshake sounds yummy but i think i will leave the calories to the kids, LOL! thanks also for helping get rid of captcha word verification! what i did was (from the old blogger interface) go to settings- comments-show word verification for comments - choose "No". since others are concerned about spam, they can just choose to always have comment moderation although i found that blogger does a pretty good job of identifying spam comments.

    a blessed Easter season to you! peggy aplSEEDS

    1. I agree, and when most of the comments are from bloggers, the captchas are not needed. Being able to preview the comments is good so you can detect spam and choose not to publish the comment.


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