Twelve students and four chaperones (Ms. Upthegrove, Mrs. Rasmussen, Mrs. Rasmussen’s father, and Katie Chapel, a CMHS alumni) attended the trip. We departed on Thursday morning and arrived back home on Sunday afternoon. It was bittersweet leaving on Sunday morning, for many students were excited to shower, but at the same time, several wanted to stay since the Mojave was such a wonderful and fascinating place to be.
On Thursday, after setting up camp on our private campground, we explored the area surrounding our camp and climbed halfway up a nearby mountain. We saw many cacti and interesting plants and animals that can’t be found in Costa Mesa. The next day we hiked to the top of Teutonia Peak, which is a cinder cone (a cone formed around a volcanic vent by fragments of lava thrown out during eruptions). The view from the peak was breathtaking. The hike was about three miles round-trip. After hiking Teutonia Peak, we went on a nature walk along Rock Spring Loop Trail, which was guided by a park ranger. On Saturday, we visited a lava tube (an underground tunnel formed from hardened lava). Later that day, two students and our male chaperone, who is an experienced rock climber, set off to climb the top of the mountain near our campsite, which was a couple thousand feet above ground. While the three of them climbed the mountain, the rest of the campers hiked a three mile Rings Loop Trail. On this trail we hiked through a canyon, and in order to reach the end of the trail, we had to climb rocks that had built in rings on them to use as foot and hand holds. The Rings Trail was many campers’ favorite activity. We left Sunday Morning after packing up our campsite, and arrived safely in Costa Mesa at approximately 4:00 pm.