These shoes, many not made for walking, carried us 5.5 miles...

These shoes, many not made for walking, carried us 5.5 miles yesterday over some pretty scary terrain at times. The kids held each other's packs, hands, and and spirits. They encouraged each other verbally, physically and often. They tied each other's shoes. They were kind to each other, and they pushed themselves really, really hard. "I learned about myself that I'm really strong." "I learned that I can be scared and still keep going." I learned what Sage looks like." "I heard a stream. It sounds like loud air." "this trail is steep. I'm afraid to fall... but that's ok. (looking down at the lower switchback) then I'll just be closer to where we're going." "I can't even run two miles at school. I just hiked over 5. I should get some PE credit."
I learned that if a tenth grader can hike 5 miles in Doc Martens, she is really, really tough! 

Best way to spend a Saturday!

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