The boat ride was about two hours long; Two long, cold hours waiting to arrive to a beautiful island. After a while, you could tell who had eaten breakfast by watching who was throwing up.
The group arrived in Catalina, where they met the instructors, Stacey and Bella. They had a quick meeting and were told where to sleep; afterwards, they had about an hour to explore the gorgeous island.
There was much to do on Catalina, such as volleyball, basketball, rock climbing, soccer, football, strolls on the beach, and an interesting sport called Gaga Ball.
Gaga Ball is basically like dodgeball, but you can only get a person out by hitting them below the knees.
The first activity the group did together was a hike up eight mountains. This hike was fun, interesting, and challenging for some. The group spotted a variety of animals, including a couple of snakes, a variety of birds, and a bison.
EMA also conducted a variety of lab experiments that helped them learn about the deep blue ocean, using different algae and petting sharks and other sea creatures.
When the time finally came to explore the sea, the adventurers were cold but full of excitement. They saw a variety of fish, including the Garibaldi fish, which is bright orange, like the sun.
If that wasn't enough, they also went night snorkeling and saw creatures of the dark in the water. They found a sea cucumber, which they all kissed in order to have 7 years of good luck.
The group went exploring along the beachside and found many interesting items, such as crabs of all sizes, shells, and beautiful sea glass.
On the last day, the trip was cut short due to weather conditions that would have made the trip back somewhat dangerous.
With sad hearts, the group said their goodbyes and parted ways.
When asked about how EMA could afford their trips, Mrs. Rasmussen explained that they got a grant for the Catalina trip specifically, and are only allowed one grant each year. The rest of the trips cost $60, but that only pays for the food. The rest is paid for already, like the rooms and transportation.
All in all, the trip was an amazing and unforgettable experience it seems nobody will forget.
Written by Jimmy Palacios