The view from the top as we ate our lunch overlooked miles and miles of trees across the border in Pennsylvania. Students continued to look out and describe how nice the view was. Soon after finishing lunch and taking one last photo to remember how awesome the day was, the 6 hikers started the decent down the mountain. Going downward took a lot less effort than going up, thanks to the help of the gravitational force. Towards the end of the hike, we came across a small waterfall and a river crossing piqued the three students’ interest. One student climbed down from the path looking for any signs of different life forms that he had not seen before, bugs, fish, etc. The other two, along with the three excursion leaders, followed. Soon we were climbing across logs in the small river and looking at tree mites and other insects. All of which fascinated the three students, who talked about how different being out in the woods was compared to the cities they lived in.
Once we reached the car the students could not stop talking about how much they liked the journey up and down the mountain and how they would want to do something like that again, because they never had before that day. It was a bit different than what they normally did on a Saturday, and it was even more exciting. The six of us then stopped at Cold Stone on the way home, enjoyed some ice cream, and headed back to Newark Penn Station. As one boy pointed out in his post excursion survey, the hike was a welcomed positive Saturday experience for all three, as well as us three excursion leaders who got to learn from and have positive discussions with three such amazing young men.