Looking back, I can honestly say I miss Junior Solo. Both the backpacking and solo sections offered new, unique, wonderful experiences that I can guarantee can’t be duplicated anywhere else. My solo came so quickly, I didn’t realize I was actually going be on one until I was actually alone, watching Miss E and Trevor slowly diminish from view. I found myself easily occupied; even sitting in silence gazing out at the desert brought entertainment and allowed for time to pass, however slowly. I’m surprised at how little I felt bored. I could always find something to do, whether it meant elaborating on my already intricate rock cairn, exploring beyond the far reaches of my plot, soaking up (too much) sun, writing and drawing, reading Desert Solitaire, and more. Additionally, I waited for loneliness to set in during my solo but it never did. Much to my surprise, I found myself content (with myself) in my plot. When the backpacking came, I was happy to be able to share my solo experiences with my friends and explore the desert further. Due to the small amount of rain we were greeted with, water was thankfully never a problem for our group. We feasted each night and even managed to consume all 21 pounds of gummy bears purchased for our 6 person group. I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing the backpacking section was, considering how little it’s talked about. I found myself thinking about how lucky I was throughout the week. Junior Solo is truly a formative, beautiful, special experience.
Article written by Laine Allison ‘20