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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.


EXCURSION DAY! Today wasn’t only started with breakfast by rather with the blaring sun that for some reason decides to break the horizon at 4 a.m. but it’s dope because after a rude yet blissful awakening we ate breakfast. Breakfast was an egg, salsa, chips, and who knows what other good stuff scramble that our culinary geniuses in the kitchen whipped up.

Although there was more than one scramble today, as many students were eager to see if they received their first or second choice of excursion. These included a trip to Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite, which is only 75 minutes away (with a heavy foot), a trip to Convict Lake, which is the home to 1,000+ murderers who escaped jail (this is not true! the lake is a nice mountain lake embedded in glory and includes hiking and relaxing water), a trip to Bristlecone Pine Forest, home to the world’s oldest trees (up to 5,000 years!) with unspeakable wisdom (because trees can’t speak), and finally, a Camp Day, which allowed students to wind down and explore the town of Mammoth that contains many stores and the most important place which anyone had ventured to yet: the laundromat.

I personally went to Yosemite national park and enjoyed a 5 hour, 12 mile hike with James, Harrison, and our mentor Wyatt. It was one of the most scenic places I have had the pleasure to visit and I believe that the others who also visited Yosemite would say the same as they drove from stop to stop at different famous sites.

It was funny, when I got back with my groups we all believed that we had the best excursion option no doubt, but this feeling was shared with almost everyone in the camp as they also believed they experienced the best option. We dialed everything down with a pasta dinner and viewing our hopeful fates for tomorrow’s excursion as we have another day of options.

Hey, this place ain’t too bad!