Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Field Trip

We have a Landfill not far from our house. We pass it everyday on the way to school. Micah asks me questions about it ALL the time. Not too long ago we had to deliver some cotton candy on the back side of the landfill.... Micah had only seen the front. He wanted to "walk there" SO bad. The boy is nearly obsessed. He LOVES garbage men and tries tell them Thank you every week. He's so sweet, but I can not figure out where this love comes from. He has been wanting to go to the landfill for a long time now, but to tell you the truth I thought it would be a little bit strange to go there and tell the workers that my boy wanted to go on a tour..... Well, two of my uncles own/ owned a landfill. I told Micah that he should tell Uncle Don that he'd like to go visit. He did, it's been months ago and we finally made the trip this week. Uncle Don met us when we got there and gave Micah his very own Waste Management hat. Micah was SO proud.
Don only had enough room for 2 in his truck, so Micah and I went while Stacy and Patton waited. Micah got to sit in the front. He was so excited. As we bumped along up the hill Don told us a little about the landfill. We learned that the fires that always burn are methane gas. We learned how the trash is dumped, zipped, and covered. We leaned about the water storage and saw the water tank. So far they are caught 3 million gallons of water this year. Their landfill is 480 acres and they just purchaced another 480. That's HUGE! The one near our house is only 120. We watched several trucks dump their loads, and we watched them move it around.
I just had to get one of Micah with the landfill in the background. I never in a million years would have imagined I would have enjoyed a trip like this, but I tell you what.... I had fun, and it didn't even smell at all!! :)


Jeremy and Laura McBryar said...

What a fun field trip! It makes me want to go and take my class!

Miriam said...

Nut! YOu SO Should! Don said he and Richard used to own the one over here, but sold it.... He said they used to have groups come take field trips, but haven't done any in a while. I say it's totally worth it! Hey, if you don't take your class Maverick would LOVE it! :)