Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Marlin Colon

Summer 2011

Throughout my experience on California Caper 2 teen tour, from the help of Trip of A Lifetime it was something I really wouldn’t of thought I would do at me age. It was a fun, valuable, exciting trip that I would never erase from my life and would tell everyone about an amazing trip I went on when I was 16 years old. But other than being an amazing trip my teen tour showed me a lot about life and that was that anyone can be a leader, anyone can make history, and also how to adapt to different environment or culture around you.

     One of my favorite parts of the whole trip was camping in Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon even thought it was a big change of life style from living in a house to spending six days camping. The reason why camping was one of my favorite parts of the trip was because during those six days everyone got to bond with each other, help each other out and be outside in nature. We help each other out when we had to put up the tents and take them back down in two days or when someone couldn’t walk back up in Bryce or Zion Canyon we push them to keep going and to not stop. We bonded with each other when we did ice breaking games or sport in the camp site.

     Tubing in Lake Tahoe was an exciting part of my trip. We had arrived to the Lake Tahoe promptly around 11:00 a.m. when the sun was coming out and nobody was there. The only thing that was going through my head at that time was should I go tubing or not. I was undecided for the fact that I have never went tubing in my life and I didn’t want to be embarrassed. But  as time came closer for me to make up my mind if I was going to go or not my new friends that I have met in the teen tour cheer me up and told me that there’s nothing I should be embarrassed of because they themselves haven’t gone tubing either. So I listened to them and I went tubing with a couple of them which cheer me on when it was my turn to go tubing and at the end of the day I was proud of myself for doing it because I ended up enjoying it.

     Whitewater Rafting was one of the best experiences I ever done in my 16 years of life. It was a cold, cloudy day and no one was looking forward to getting wet by the cold river that was up ahead of us but we all had to do it because this event was going to teach us how working together could get you to be successful. So everyone got in a group of eight and headed to the cold river that was waiting for us. We all knew we was going to get wet, so for the fun of it we would say something when we got splashed by water  to warn the other kids behind us that they are going to get wet too and that was “Take it to the face”.

     By the end of my teen tour I had been left with a lot of memories and great friends and counselor which I hope we all keep in contact and some day have a California Caper 2 Reunion. But more important what my teen tour left me was that the worst thing I can do in life is quit on my dream or at what I want to be when I grow up. Trip of A lifetime gave me the opportunity to explore the West Coast for the first time which motivated me to be a role model or a great help to my community especially to the younger kids that think that they would never leave where they come from.

Photos from Marlin's Trip

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    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."



    "I may be multiracial and I may be living in the ghetto but what I am going to do with my life is going to be historical."


    Alphonso

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    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”
    “This trip made me realize that there’s more to the world than the South Bronx.”

    Selina

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    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    "I am really and forever will be thankful to Trip of a Lifetime for giving me such an exceptional experience this summer that will be forever remembered."

    Jennifer

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