We broke up into two groups and commenced our great adventure up the mountain. Along the way, everyone was partnered off and given a few topics to discuss and learn about their partner. This doubled as both a great opportunity to build relationships and as a great distraction for our less enthusiastic hikers! It was a warm but beautiful day for hiking and when we neared the summit we were definitely ready to be there.
For the final few minutes of the hike we asked everyone to walk in silence. It was a nice scene; a steady line of hikers walking in silence. As soon as the trail started to turn into rock and we could tell we made it, you could see a wave of excitement spread over the group. We stepped out onto the big rock (The Ledge) and looked out into the never ending view. From the top of the mountain we could see mountains, lakes, clouds and more. We were so lucky to have such a clear day.
Once everyone summited, we gave our tired feet some rest and ate our lunches. It is amazing how hungry hiking up a mountain will make you! We then offered everyone some solo time. Some people reflected, some rested, some prayed, and some just took in the beauty. If you looked around there is no question you would be inspired by what you saw. Not only a beyond beautiful view, but also young people taking time to appreciate the beauty of the view and the beauty of their new friendships.
If only we could have taken picture of it. Oh wait, we totally did take a picture. LOTS OF THEM!!! You can see them on our Facebook page here. As beautiful as some of the pictures are, they don’t capture it all.
I know you’re probably thinking who cares what happened the rest of the day because the hike already sounds so incredible! Well, after a little post hike rest, we swam, played, joked, talked, wondered, laughed, ate, and “talent showed!” Yes, you did in fact hear talent show!!! Last night a bunch of kids signed up to perform. We had singers, dancers, stand up comics, some kind of juggling we don’t know the name of, and much much more! Many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many laughs later, we went to bed.
We went to bed tired, proud, and full of life.