Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Expedition Eight: Level One and Two Students by Mitch D.
Day One started with the expedition breakfast. After morning chores, the FMA team split with the upper level students going with Mr. Dan, and the rest of us departing with Mr. Mike for Star Gap Road. After a short hike we arrived at our first camp, under a sky that looked as though a storm might be on the way.
We awoke to rain on the morning of Day Two, and Mr. Mike let us stay in our tents until 9:30 a.m. After eating, we rallied for a day hike to the top of Winnie Knob, where visibility was supposed to be better, but, because of the clouds, was actually zilch. As we headed back down, the top began to clear. Just our luck!
On Day Three we had to cross Gentry Creek more than nine times on the way to our next camp. After camp setup we took a day hike to Gentry Falls, which was wonderful all around. I even got a picture of everyone doing “The Ralph.” That evening, the rain returned.
It was raining in the morning, so move-out was delayed until 10:00 a.m. Our hike that day consisted of exploring and clearing trails for about forty-five minutes to an hour.
Day Five also began with a rainy morning, and since our total hike that day was only twenty minutes, we didn’t move out until 9:30 a.m. I was fool enough to get out at the required time, only to be told to return to the tent. That day we took a day hike to a site where an airplane had crashed many years ago.
Day Six was a day of relaxation and we did not leave Bus Camp until noon. After a short bus ride, we arrived at the lodge where a hot meal was waiting for us.