― Lois Lowry, The Giver
When we first got to Caribou, my mind was thinking things like "is this going to be fun" and "I hope this is not a waste of my time..", and "what if this is a awful trip?:. In general, I was nervous about this trip since this would be the third time I went to a sleep a way camp. When we finally arrived, I was impressed with how the camp looked. One of the nicest things that I saw was the pond their. The reflection from was absolutely gorgeous. If I did bring a camera, I wish I could have taken a picture. Overall, the camp looked nice and the staff there seemed nice like nice people. The first couple of things we did like the song game were we had to figure out three songs and create a dance for the song. I though this game was kinda hard since we all could not agree on songs so we just made them up on spot so our group was a disaster, but it was still fun to do this.
Skipping a head now, the low ropes corse was also really fun. My two favorite obstacles were the 12 foot wall and the rope swing. The twelve foot wall was a challenging obstacle because we had to get every one up and over the wall. The first time we tried getting Mickey over, he got to the top but was not able to pull himself over, so we had some one else try(sorry, can't remember who's name it was) and he was able to pull himself over. Finally my turn came to get up the wall, and to be honest, I was quite nervous for some reason, I don't remember why, but I was nervous. So I was pushed up the wall, and someone grabbed my left arm and someone else grabbed my right arm then my right leg and pulled me over. I remember thinking " that was quicker than I though it would be" and I was right. Me and another person helped lift Sidharth up the wall and it was a lot harder than I though it would be because gravity is pushing their body down and were at the top of the wall pulling him up. Finally we do and there is only two people left to get up the wall, so I head down and I watch how the rest of the people who can help get the last people up the wall. The second to last person was launched up and was pulled up while the last person had to find a way up. Someone found a couple tires to use, and I would have never seen the tires because I was too focused on watching them climb the wall. So the last person set the tires up so he could walk up the tires and jumped and the two people grabbed his hands and pulled him up. I remember thinking how crazy it was that we were actually able to get everyone over a 12 feet high wall.
The next obstacle was the rope swing. We were able to get the rope in the middle of the ditch by creating a lasso out of our cloths(I would have never thought of this) and grabbed the rope with it. Unfortunately, almost all the cloths on the lasso got wet. Once we got the rope, we took our turns trying to make it across. We all made it across safely to the other side. Alex, the staff member who was with us, suggested that we try to break the record for the most amount of people making it across. At the that time, the record was 5. We tried for 6. I happened to be on the rope going across, and it was a bad idea. Only two people made it across. I feel in the water and my pants were soaked to my knees. As fun as this challenge was, this was by far the worst part.
Finally, the last thing I will talk about is the aqua zip. One thing you should know is that I am scared of heights and it plays a role later on. So, when the consoler talked about the aqua zip I knew I had to go on, and secondly I didn't think it would be very high. I was determined to go on the aqua zip. After we arrived at the aqua zip, my fear of heights came to me. I said to my friends "I though it would be a lot lower than this. I'm not sure if I want to go on..". I ended making my self go on it because I knew I would not get another chance like this. So I stood in line for my turn. After waiting for my time, it came. Alex said to me "Don't worry, you can do. I know you can." and so I started up the ladder. If there is one thing I could change at Caribou, it would be the ladder. That thing shaked like crazy. I hated every moment of being on that ladder. After I finally reached the tree, I started climbing. The one thing I tried to avoid, was looking down. I knew that if I looked down, I would freeze up and have a harder time climbing, so I just looked up and kept climbing. I finally made it to the top. I climbed onto the platform and I was told to hug the tree. While hugging the tree, I looked down, and I realized how high I was. I was starting to think this was to high for me but I then realize this is a one way trip. The man up there with me put the harness around my waist and said "On my mark just step off. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1." and I stepped off. It was a great feeling to be able to go down the zip line. I got comfortable enough on the zip line I let go of the rope, which I was surprised I did because I planned on holding on to the rope the whole way down. I remember having such a great feeling of going down, that I did not notice how close I was to the water. When I hit the water I was so confused until I realized where I was. This zip line was probably the best part of my trip because I faced my fear of highs and went down and zip line that splashed you not the water. I was so happy I was able to climb my way up and make it down.
This trip was probably something I will look back on when my time at Fenn has past. This trip created tons of memories for me, and helped me get over my fear of heights. I probably won't get an experience like this again but, I'm glad I was able to be a part of this ninth grade class and I was able to experience all of this.