From trudging through the mud and rain, to giving up on keeping my shoes dry and walking into the ocean, coast is full of surprises and great memories. On some days I hated this trip and on others I never wanted to leave. Everything I brought on this trip is now sandy, wet, and smells weird but that's besides the point. Two of my favorite parts of the trip happened on the first and last days. On the first day of actual coast after the brutal bus ride, we arrived at our first camp ground and were then informed that we would be packing up camp at 1am in order to miss high tide. At first I was annoyed by this and was not looking forward to 5 hours of sleep for the second night in a row, but when we started on the shore the next morning I couldn’t help but find the whole experience calming and fun in a way. Half asleep we bouldred over rocks and logs in the dark and I did fall several times, but somehow I enjoyed the experience. I found myself walking in the dark in a T shirt and shorts in complete silence. What happened next was exciting... We tried to find the trail head were we would continue hiking when it was light, but couldn’t spot the sign. We set up camp anyway thinking we could get six more hours of sleep. Six hours of sleep turned out to actually be three when we were informed by Aaron that the tide was dangerously close to the tents, I would call 5 inches from our tent. A bit of a problem. One of my not so great memories was after making it down a pretty steep ladder. I made it down fully intact, and proud of myself for not falling but I spoke too soon. I set down the rope and continued on to sit with my classmates for lunch when I found my foot stuck in the rope and rolled down the last couple feet of the trail pack first. I just accepted my fate laughing at myself as I rolled down to the feet of my classmates. From then on I was very cautious of the rope. The part of this trip that made it all worth it for me was the last night. After being rained on for two days, getting very bruised knees, and many sandy meals we arrived at our final campground. As night fell and we ate the rest of the mac 'n' cheese that hadn't fallen in the sand we all sat around the bonfire. Me and a couple of the other girls in our group went to look at the bioluminescent algae in the water. Watching the waves glow as they crashed and kicking the water so it would glow to made my entire trip. It was such an amazing experience and a great way to wrap up the trip. This trip was a great stress reliever for me, and when the upperclassmen, teachers and parents were telling me how amazing this trip is they weren’t kidding.
Written by Imogen Harris ‘22