On the 16-17th of May, The Sierra School went on a camping trip to the waterfall at Elias Calles. I observed a bull, a dead sheep, live sheep and goats, dogs, a small school, waterfalls, trees, and flowers. I heard the waterfall by our camping area. I heard sounds of the wind blowing. I heard birds chirping, and the crickets at nightfall. I heard nature. I touched the water. I touched an amazing ancient tree.
I smelled the scent of the flowers. I thought about being as a group. I thought about being careful and aware so that I didn't get hurt, and so no one else would get hurt. I thought about respecting myself, and only doing things I am capable of. I thought about helping everyone. I thought about saying, "I can do it," and being positive.
Roger Herrera Tapia, Outdoor Leadership Teacher and Wilderness Guide
Trabajo en equipo, buena planeación y mucho entusiasmo, hicieron posible que nuestra expedición fuera un éxito. Fue extraordinaria la determinación del grupo por alcanzar nuestra meta de llegar a “Las Matancitas”; después de más de una hora, que se tuvo que usar para instalar y revisar los anclajes de seguridad en la segunda ...
With teamwork, careful planning and a lot of enthusiasm, our first Sierra School camping trip was a true success. The student's determination--to reach our goal and visit the Mantacitas rancho and tiny, remote public school--was extraordinary. We arrived only 15 minutes later than our original plan, having climbed a rock wall using ropes and safety gear at the second Ellias Calles waterfall. This trip is but a small example of all we can achieve by developing our outdoor leadership skills. The setting for our adventure was amazing. During our hike up to the rancho, we wandered along rivulets of water, admired lush vegetation and wildlife, animals living and feeding harmoniously in the arroyo valley. There was a light breeze and bright sun during on our first day. At our campsite that evening, we ate a delicious dinner under the shelter of huge, guardian old growth trees. We heard the song of the waterfall and saw many bright stars. This camping trip offered us a profound opportunity to be closer to nature.
Thank you everyone
We started planning our school camping trip one month before going. Some of us shared a lot of questions. Such as: where would we go? What would we do there? What would we eat on the trip? Since I knew we were going to be outside of wifi reception of Todos Santos, I wondered, how many emails would I receive when I returned from one and a half days of no internet communication. Of course, I knew I would survive the trip. This wasn’t going to be first time that I wouldn’t take a shower in my comfy bathroom.