In the heart of October, the 8th grade Adventure Education class headed out to the Washington Coast. This twenty-five mile backpacking trip was jam-packed with character-building experiences due to poor weather and difficult tides. The class, once again, exceeded my expectations in their stalwart attitude toward the grueling, wet hikes and their willingness to help each other in times of need. Wildlife took center stage on the hike. Students viewed/photographed a sea lion as it walked into the surf. Raccoons were out in force at Cape Alava. Bird migration was in full-swing as large flocks worked their way south. Undoubtedly, the most memorable part of this trip was a bear viewing that lasted the better part of twenty minutes.
Many thanks to Charlie Snelling, Sarah Diers, Johan Davis and Nancy Scoles. Your willingness to weather the elements for a group of students interested in testing their limitations never ceases to astound me.