Final Blog

Hi parents!! We had SUCH a great trip!! We rafted crazy rapids, surfed on gorgeous beaches, climbed sandstone cliffs, and became the best of friends. In honor of this amazing trip coming to a close, we wanted to recap some of our favorite moments from the last 21 days! Jaime- My highlight was at the […]

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A Day Filled with Surprises!

Update from students Henry & Noah: Having successfully evaded the increasingly annoying mosquitoes, we fell asleep to the smell of pine and the feeling of a tender breeze. Come morning, bags were already being packed without anyone having to be asked twice! Sam and Taylor expressed how impressed they were with the derigging of camp, […]

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Community Service Day!!

Update from students Eva E. and Noah: The day commenced with an early wake-up call from Owen and Jaime, the leaders of the day. Two things needed to be done: a breakfast of PopTarts and cereal needed to be set up and camp needed to be cleaned and packed away. Thankfully, at day 19, we […]

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Surfing, Hiking and Ice Cream!

Update from students Camillo and Eva F.: We were woken up at 8 a.m. by Henry and Sean, our leaders of the day, for our second day of surfing. Eva F., Eva E., Kat, and Molly prepared a quick breakfast consisting of oatmeal and berries. At 9:30, we arrived at Stinson Beach where our surf […]

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Surfing USA!

Update from students Owen & Michael: We woke up at 8 a.m. to a nice breakfast of assorted cereals made by the cook crew consisting of Noah, Jaime, James, and Camillo. We all ate quickly so we could pack for surfing and depart for the rest of our day at the beach. In the car, […]

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Driving to Stinson Beach

Update from students Sean & Kat: Today was a very eventful day filled with friendship, rivalries, and…tables. I woke up at 8 a.m. and helped cook crew (Jaime, Henry, Noah, and myself) whip up a fresh breakfast. Soon, the rest of our group woke up to the delicious smell of bacon and pancakes, ready for […]

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Last Day on the American River!

Our last day of rafting the American River began with a 9 a.m. wake up and a PopTart breakfast. We put in our boats at a beach near our campsite and prepared for a calmer stretch of class one to three rapids. Today, there were only two boats. In one raft there was Henry, Sean, […]

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Paddle, paddle!

 Update from student James: Today was a great day!!! It all started with Sam and Taylor waking us up at 6 a.m. to get ready for our first day of white water rafting. After everyone woke up, our cook crew crew consisting of Katya, Eva E, Molly, and Eva F., made us breakfast: chocolate muffins, […]

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Laundry and Yummy Food

Update from student Molly: Our 13th day of the trip began with a glorious sunrise in El Cap Meadow, an area of the valley surrounded by some of Yosemite’s most massive cliffs. Sam packed a tarp and encouraged everyone to bring along their sleeping bags when she woke us at 4:45 a.m. Although not everyone […]

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Last Full Day in Yosemite

Update by student Eva F.: Our last full day in Yosemite began when we were woken up by Sean at 8 a.m. During breakfast, our cook crew of Noah, Jaime, Owen and Noah, started speaking Spanish because of last night’s bet with Camillo… he gave up after 10 minutes. Then, we got ready for the […]

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Hiking in Yosemite!

Update by student Camillo: Today, we were woken up at 6:30 a.m. by Henry, our leader of the day. Eva E., Michael, James, and Sean made a quick breakfast of assorted fruits and cereal to get us fueled for our first hike in Yosemite. Soon, we started our seven-mile hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls. […]

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Sequoia National Park Update!

Update from student Jaime: Sorry for the delay in blog posts; we spent the last two days in Sequoia National Park with no cell service! This morning we woke up at 7 a.m. to good morning wishes from our leader of the day, Noah. We ate a quick oatmeal breakfast before loading up the van. […]

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On The Road Again

Update from student Eva E.: We started the morning bright and early with a 6 a.m. wake up call in our hotel rooms. The real beds were so comfy, it was almost impossible to move!! We quickly packed our things before dragging our duffels down to the lobby and delving into the expansive breakfast buffet. […]

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New York, New York in Vegas

Update by Katya: After a fun night of huddling up in a park and watching Fourth of July fireworks, we were gently awoken by our leader of the day, Camillo. As everyone sleepily emerged from their tents, the cook crew—Noah, Camillo, James, and me—prepared a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel breakfast. It was a huge […]

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Last Day of Climbing

Update by Owen: The morning began with a lively awakening from our group leader Eva F. After a string of late nights spent playing games and talking in our tents, Henry and I did not respond well to this. It took approximately six good morning calls from Eva for us to finally wake up! The cook […]

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All About Rock Climbing!

Update from student Sean: This morning, our leader of the day, Jaime, woke up the group at 7:15 a.m. for a fantastic day of rock climbing. After people started to arise from their slumber, we noticed that our new friend Camilo had arrived!!! Everyone introduced themselves to the newest student with handshakes and hugs, and […]

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Heading Toward Crawdad Canyon

Update by Henry: At this point in the trip, the group is becoming increasingly more excited to sleep outside in the windy, yet refreshing outdoors of Zion National Park. Last night, Sean, Michael, James, and Jamie enjoyed those winds under thousands of shining stars. The strength of these winds, however, were dramatically underestimated. Having woken […]

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Angel’s Landing Hiking Report

Update by student Noah: The day began with an alarm that was meant to be set for 5 a.m., but mysteriously never rang. At 6 a.m., the first shuttle to Angel’s Landing would depart from the visitor’s center; we wanted to be on it to beat the crowds of summer tourists doing what is arguably […]

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Day Two of Bold West

Update by Michael: Day two of our Bold West adventure was the best! After a wake-up call from our first leader of the day, Katya, we gathered together for a moment of mindfulness. In charge of inspiration for the day, Noah passionately told us to face our fears and always go for it: “Just do […]

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Arrival Day Update

First update: GREAT NEWS! Our plan of wearing Bold Earth T-shirts worked, and we are all together safe and sound! We are headed to the van with Eva F., Molly, Eva E., Henry, James, Owen, Noah, Sean, Jaime, Michael, and Katya to pack up our gear. Then, we’ll hit the road to our first campsite […]

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