Blogs from the end of the expedition

IMG_2434Most days, what we do in 24 hours is about a week’s worth of effort for a student transitioning into college. Wake up, cook breakfast, pack all of your belongings into a 100 liter container, hike to your next home, unpack, build your house, have class, cook dinner, meet for more class, do awesome things, write, sleep. Everything we do is hard, but awesome. Yet the part of the day that stands out the most is right before writing and sleep. After our evening meeting which is full of classes, concerns, information, and appreciations, we sing. Regardless of how long the day was, everyone contributes that voice to at least one song. For the few minutes that we sing, all of the stresses of the day are gone and every member of our group is 100% present. Continue reading

Blogs from the trail: NOLS 2014

TentviewLast night, I slept out under the stars with five other people. It was so fun to lay out there and just stare at them because the stars were so utterly amazing and bright. We were looking for shooting stars, and it felt like we were seeing some every couple of minutes. I saw the longest and brightest shooting star I’ve ever seen. Of course, when we all saw one, we would all freak out and make sure everyone else saw it too. It was so much fun just lying and talking out under the stars and a great way to get to know each other while taking in all of  nature. Continue reading