Mrs. Clelia LaMonica has graciously assented to be the first subject of our “What did you do this summer?” post series. Your MVGS faculty is a diverse group, and we are looking forward to sharing some of our more interesting summertime activities with you all.
Mrs. LaMonica was extremely excited to begin the school year by sharing the details of her GRAND ROAD TRIP to the Western United States. Her son is stationed with the Air Force in Minot, North Dakota. She and her husband, Jack decided that air planes were vehicles for the weak! The only way they could possibly travel would be to drive across our great country! The LaMonicas also disdained to stay in hotels or motels, but instead, preferred to spend their time communing with nature and sleeping as close to the actual land as possible. (Except for their time in Wyoming when they stayed in hotels…’cause of the bears. They love nature, not being nature’s lunch.) Mrs. Lamonica feels it is important to note that while they communed with the land, they did indeed scrub the dirt off themselves on more than one occasion between Virginia and North Dakota.
The highlight of their summertime journey (besides the obvious enjoyment of their son’s company) for Mr. and Mrs. LaMonica was a challenging hike to the top of Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone National Park. Mrs. LaMonica says, “because I’m a geology nerd, I particularly enjoyed the fact that Mt. Washburn is the outer edge of the Yellowstone Caldera, the remnants of a massive volcano that blew in Yellowstone many millenia ago.” She also enjoyed and is very proud of the fact that she hiked to the top of Mt. Washburn, while wearing her MVGS hat, and was able to take this picture: