Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Monica Duque

Summer 2010

Throughout my experience on Western Adventure 4A teen tour, it was nothing like I had ever imagined. It was a fun experience that I will always carry with me, and never forget. Visiting all of the west coast was one thing I had always wanted to do. Making friends, and seeing things I’ve never seen before was probably one of the best parts. I learned so much from this experience, and how this can help better my community.

     One of my most favorite parts of the whole trip was our travel days. Mostly because all [43 campers, 6 counselors, and 1 bus driver] of us were together on the bus for 6-8 hours to get to our next destination. We sang songs like Jonas Brothers, Toy Box, and a lot of random people. We had our own songs that people had learned in camp called “telephone“. We slept for at least 2 hours or most people the whole ride. We also watched movies like “Persey Jackson“, “Bathtub Machine“ ,and old movies from the 1980‘s. Or just laugh at whoever was being funny.  But memories like that don’t just go away. It would also be fun depending with who you sat with at the bus, a close friend you came with, or someone close who you just met. One of my other favorite parts of this trip was when we arrived to Yellowstone. We had a hiking day that day, we hiked to this big mountain for 2 hours. Our goal was for us to reach the snow, and play for a while. So on the last water break Jon Salt(one of our counselors) said “if we don’t reach the snow in 10 minutes we have to hike back down” Not everyone was happy but kept a good paste, and walked fast and a minute later we reached the snow. There was a strange feeling, but a good one. I was so happy to have reached the snow, and so was everyone around me. We had played, and took as much pictures of the view which was absolutely gorgeous. Jon had told us “ We were 8, 326 feet  above ground” Hearing that was probably the best part. Unforgettable picture of us looking at the view, and you could see a big lake, pine trees around it, and the grass in the very far back.

     The west coast is nothing like New York. In California it’s a city, but with Palm trees. In Wyoming, and Utah there’s not many houses next to each other, but so much open land that houses would be a good couple of feet away from each other. Arizona is hot all the time, but not humid like it get’s here in New York. West Coast for me is much more different, and it has so many important, fun places to see. On this trip I’ve learned that you can’t judge anyone, and compare everyone, because each and everyone has something different to offer. I have also learned that places that don’t have fun places to go(Wyoming doesn‘t have a Disneyland, but i liked it so much better because my goal) , it’s nice to go and take a hike so you can see the actual city yourself, and have that great feeling of success after your hike. 
    
     This experience I will use it to make a difference in my community, by letting people know not to give up on their biggest dreams, because there’s opportunities out there, and to take them, trying doesn‘t hurt. But what hurt‘s it‘s giving up. Also for people who want to see places like that with there own families, to work hard in life, and you will be able to give your family things you never had.    
     
     Through my teen tour experience I’ve learned that there’s more things in life to see, and if I want to experience something like that on my own, I will have to work hard for it. Also giving people changes it’s important, and leaving people you learned to care for it’s hard.

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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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    "The trip has taught me to have confidence in myself and believe that anything can come true."
    "The trip has taught me to have confidence in myself and believe that anything can come true."

    Madelyn

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