The drive on the way to the campgrounds offered breathtaking views itself and was a great way to start the tiresome adventure of camping. When you arrive at the campgrounds, you hear nothing but silence and the slow winds since the group campground is so secluded. Students immediately helped each other with unpacking and putting up tents for the next three days. On the first day, students went on a short hike that would prepare them for the rest of the weekend, and then later playing a couple of rounds of the traditional game, capture the flag.
The last full day of camping was Sunday, and students went on a treacherous seven mile hike that would take approximately six hours to complete. All students eagerly hiked up steep mountains on the Skyline Trail and tried to get as far up as possible. There were times where it would be tough, but together, everyone helped out by assisting each other up the steep climbs, and even just constantly giving off positive and motivational sayings for comfort to pull through. In the end, this hike did not only serve a physical purpose, but a mental purpose as well. It reminded the students that they could accomplish anything with a little hard work, when before, some may have questioned their abilities.
EMA is known to take extravagant trips up and down the coast of California while still managing to make it an educational learning experience. Students learn more about their abilities and limits while working as a team and getting to know new people. The next trip EMA is offering is up in the mountains of eastern San Diego (Oct.8-11). If you want to get away for a weekend (especially from the stress of school), relax with your friends, and interact with new people, going on an EMA trip is the perfect thing to do and will truly be one to put in the books.