First Hike: In the Wilderness
Our first hike was in New Jersey in Project USE wildcat site. It was 20minute hick to our camp ground where we were going to stay overnight. I was made leader of the hike, The instructors gave me a map and told me to find my way. Since I am a good map reader, it only took me a couple of seconds to find were I am and my heading. The hike to the camp ground was every peaceful, there was some really cool bugs and frogs along the way. The Site was beautiful too, the trail was along side of a river to our right and a mountain face to our left. While We were hiking there was these really cool tree that had fallen during a storm, but the cool thing about it was that the tree was still alive due to the fact that the roots of the tree were sticking out and still connected to the ground. It was a really nice hick.
Second Hike: Basih Cascades Trail
Our third hike was on a raining day, but I would have never missed it for the world. We were hiking in the Bashin Cascades Trail. The site was incredible, right next to a flowing River, it was so amazing, although everyone was wet, no one complain, everyone was having fun, going up this muddy trail. I remember I was hold the cooking pot as i went up the trail, I never felt so confident. The trail was muddy, rocky, roots sticking out everywhere (used them as stairs) there was even a steam flowing in the trail. We reach a point where there we were only a couple of feet next to a water fall, it was so Beautiful. There was also the point where we had to cross the river, but the instructors didnít allow us too because the level of the river was too high and it was flowing too fast. Although we werenít able to finish the hike, it was one of the most enjoyable hikes I had ever had in my life; also we were very lucky to see such a site since the river hasn't been so high and rough in seven years. We were truly lucky.
Third Hike: Night Hike in the Appalachian Trail
Hiking during the night was truly not a challenge for the Lemon Heads. The hike was over an hour long, the trail muddy, rocky, and very wet. We were hiking near a swamp; you can image how rough the terrain was. During the hike the team kept themselves very optimist by signing songs, playing games. My job was to be ďsweepĒ; making sure no one is left behind or no one got separated. I really felt good about this whole experinance when I saw Xavier in front of me. He was tired from the event that took place during the day, but he kept on going, he was slipping over the rocks, but he didnít fall, he kept on catching his balance. What made it more difficult was that he didnít have a flashlight, he could barely see, well I didnít know till half way through the hike, since I was looking down the whole way. Anyhow, he didnít complain, didn't stop, he just keep on going, signing along on a dark trail, that seemed to be running for ever.