When my eight-year-old daughter, Shannon, asked me to chaperone her school field trip, I figured it would be a superb opportunity to spend some time with her. The people I was with and I were scheduled to tour a historical fort, & the field trip would take up the entire university morning schedule. On the morning of the field trip, the outside temperature was 87 degrees & steadily rising. The humidity was brutal, & I was looking forward to boarding the air conditioned charter bus. I was extremely disappointed when I discovered that every one of us were traveling by charter bus. The drive took an hour & a half, & there was no a/c on the bus. For safety reasons, the windows only lowered by a couple of inches, which did not allow in enough of a breeze to give any type of relief. The seats of the bus were extremely uncomfortable, & I ended up with an extreme headache by the time every one of us arrived. I assumed that every one of us would tour inside a nice & cool fort, & that certain areas would be air conditioned. Instead, every one of us spent the entire morning outside, exposed to the hot sun, & there was no breeze whatsoever. It took forever to slather sunblock on all the kids. Because of the heat, the kids consistently wanted to stop for some drinks of water. Because of drinking so much water, the kids consistently needed to use the bathroom. The people I was with and I were all drenched with large amounts of sweat, sleepy & sunburned when every one of us climbed back on the charter bus to head home. I couldn’t wait to get off that bus, climb inside my car & crank the a/c up. I don’t figure I will ever volunteer to chaperone again.