|North Hole-in-the-Wall (High Tide)|
For the past ten years, the hike between Rialto Beach and Cape Alava has been the main staple of the LMS Adventure Education program. This was, surprisingly, the seventeenth trip to the coast. There are many ways people mark time. This particular trip is one way I do.
|Spruce Root Seat - Cedar Creek|
This group especially enjoyed quietly reflecting in their journals. Finding time to stop, think and live in the moment seems effortless when in a natural setting. I've been a firm believer in disallowing electronics on this journey. Being connected can take a higher form.
|Rain Fire - Cape Alava|
Below is a link to the hike photo album:
I would like to thank Tom Sage, Dr. Jo Moccia and Justin Stacey for trekking the coastline with our stalwart LMS students. This trip would have not been possible without your guidance.
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|Sundown - South Sand Point|
I learned that friendship is more important than I will ever realize and that I should never take for granted all of the things I have today.
I loved being able to go and be on our own without technology and just enjoy ourselves. I will forever cherish this experience.
It really helps no one
So just don’t complain
Enjoy the shining sun
Everyone goes through the same
|Steep Overland Route - South Chilean Memorial|
Waves roar on the beach
From a never ending sea
The cycle goes on
I learned so much about me and my peers. Once we got comfortable we were able to be our true selves and open up to each other. I opened up and found parts of myself and showed everyone who I was and who I could be.
The waves roll overtop each other
A race to touch the sand
They smash onto the grey beach
Sending up a spray
Of foamy seawater
Then rolling back into the behemoth
Every night before the sun set I would go to a place by myself and look down the coast or across the water and try to take it all in. I would think to myself about how lucky I was to be able to have this experience and that escaping from reality every once in awhile, can be the best thing you could ever do.
The light breeze, and many trees.
The aqua blue and ocean blue.
The red, pink and purple sky,
The long nights and
I do feel that beard growing after that trip, and that chest hair coming out because of Mr. Sage’s pepper salami that he gave me and Dane.
We learned about pushing our limits. We had to push the boundaries that we were used to.
Orange sparks flying
Red embers shining brightly
A fire is gazed upon
|Departure - Cape Alava|
The Old Creek
The noisy old creek
A mirror of beauty
A blue heron jumps in
I found that we take what we have at home for granted way too often. Hot, running water, electricity, and a warm, comfy bed are all things I tend to take for granted. The coast has taught me to appreciate these things because one day we could hypothetically lose it all.
|Cedar Creek Pinnacle|