Top of the World

maple sun Photo By Maple Sun

Awesome. We tend to use the word for things that are not awe inspiring, but I can say with confidence that today was an awesome day. We woke up and the group was told that we have a mountain hike followed by moans and groans and lots of “I don’t want to.” After a bus ride we arrive at the beginning of the trail and are informed that a small child along with Nicolas will be our guide. Now this child was about 4’5” but he climbed up the mountain trail like none of us could. We had many stops and rests along the way, but we eventually made it to the top of the mountain. This mountain was called “India Dormida” and it was approx. 800 meters high. It is called “India Dormida” because it resembled a sleeping Indian woman. It was well worth the efforts because the views were amazing. You could get a grasp of the entire town which was 600 meters deep inside of the crater. A small portion of the group wanted to go down the mountain the “easy way.” The reason it was so “easy” was because it was straight and has no trees. This trail was the complete opposite of easy because after the first 90 meters or so there was a rocky vertical drop and it continued to be a hard trail the entire rest of the way down.

BOb xiao Photo By Bob Xiao

We met up and got lunch but soon after we were given an ultimatum. The choice we had to make was “Going to the Hot Spring and staying in the Hot Spring” or “Going to the Hot Spring and then going Zip-Lining.” I didn’t know that the question of “Do you want to go zip-lining?” had a negative answer but I learned today it had one. The bus dropped us off at the hot spring and we were offered to get a mud bath treatment, which is applying mud to your face and letting it dry in the heat of the sun, then you wash it off and relax in the hot spring. A brave few stepped up and got the treatment and after a short time in the hot spring the people that wanted to go zip-lining hopped on a bus and started their journey to the starting point.

Yudi Chen(Annie) Photo By Annie Chen

All nine of us were dropped off at the starting point and were outfitted in extremely uncomfortable harnesses as we entered the bus that would deliver us to the first line. The first line was a beginners line where we were supposed to learn the basics of braking with your hands. The second one was a short but sweet line with a great view. However the third line was a line that you did not have to brake but you were stopped off halfway. It was my least favorite out of the four lines as the fourth line was steep and somewhat long. We got everyone together and had some dinner. Soon after dinner we were told we had an hour and a half long work session where the entire trip got together and worked on creating great content with each other. By 9:30 everyone was tired and we headed off into our rooms where everyone eventually fell asleep because we had a truly awesome day.

Story By Jack Lycke

Mud Mask Bad asses Photo By King Sun

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