– Julia Horowitz
Today we embarked on our journey to Dodge City, Kansas, otherwise known as the “Manhattan of the Midwest” according to Billy. To kick off the day prior to our departure from Oklahoma City, we discussed a hot topic: climate change. We talked about the causes of climate change, and whether or not climate change is occurring due to human activities or natural changes in the earth’s atmosphere. This prepared us for our formal climate change discussion next week.
After a few hours of driving past plain open fields, we dropped in at Montana Mikes for lunch. We also stopped at a Walmart to buy snacks for the bus.
As we headed further into Kansas, we watched “Bowling for Columbine”, a film about guns and violence. It focuses on the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, and the causes and effects of gun ownership. The film showed the amount of gun related deaths in the United States compared to other countries. I found it very interesting how other counties have far less gun related deaths than in the United States. Viewing this film prepared us for visiting Columbine High School tomorrow, as well as our meeting with the NRA.
Right before we reached Dodge City, we stopped at a large open field to walk around. It was great to see what this part of the country is like, since most of us had never been to this part of the country before.
When we reached the hotel, we had time to relax and swim in the pool. After swimming and eating dinner, we went to…Dairy Queen!
It was delicious, of course. After returning to the hotel, we had a discussion on same-sex marriage in preparation for our meeting with anti-gay activists. We covered topics such as the definition of marriage, the benefits of marriage, and same-sex marriage families. All of us seemed to have similar opinions on this topic. Tomorrow we will “get out of dodge” and travel to Denver, Colorado.