From the Middle East to the Mid-west!

Prompted by being accepted into the #COL16 Google for Education Certified Innovator Academy in Boulder, Colorado I decided it was a perfect time to turn it into a little bit of a road trip around the mid-west. I got to see family and friends that I have been lucky enough to associate myself with in my lifetime.

First stop was Chicago.

I took a boat tour and learned about the city where I was born. Truly an impressive city that almost feels like it is one big machine. The amount of engineering that must take place to just to move people around the city is so impressive to me.

innovator-graduationThen it was off to Boulder for the Innovators Academy! I already wrote about my experience there, so please check that out if you are an educator considering an application. Definitely a professional highlight for me.

After that experience I took off for a few days in Wisconsin with family. From Madison, I decided to rent a car and drive around Minnesota and South Dakota. I got to see Ben in Minneapolis and Sam and Nora in Worthington. From there I took off all the way across South Dakota to check out Mt. Rushmore and Deadwood.

I am not a huge fan of driving but there is something very liberating about cruising across an entire state at 80 miles per hour. I am so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to make these travels.