I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend 3 weekdays camping with kids. This is something that as a women entrepreneur I am able to do. Taking this trip was a great reminder that Female entrepreneurs are no 9-5ers. As a work from home mom I feel especially grateful to be able to spend this time with my son and to be able to share these once in a lifetime opportunities.
My son goes to a private school and they love to pack the school year with field trips. So even though the school year had just started we had our first field trip, and boy was it an adventure.
We went on an unforgettable trip to the Lassen Volcanic National Park, with my son and the rest of his 6th grade class. The trip was a hiking and camping trip that was full of challenges as well as many magical moments for both myself and the kids.
Our first day, we hiked 3 hours on tough terrain to get to Bumpass Hell (no I did not make up that name). Bumpass Hell is a geothermal area, with a wooden, weaving path on top of hot springs with huge boiling mud pots and steaming fumaroles.
The kids had to set-up their own tents, cook their dinner, and wash their own dishes. Sorry I forgot the video cam for the tent setting up, you would have all gotten quite a laugh out of it.
At 2in the morning, we were woken by an amazing thunder and lightening storm. One lightening strike was less than a half a mile away and lit up the sky brighter than the sun. The kids were scared but they will never forget this experience!
With less than 2 hours of sleep from the nights disturbances, we had a busy day ahead. We ate breakfast and put everything in the bear bins before leaving for our day adventure. We were climbing the Cinder Cone, one of the volcanoes in the park. This hike took us all day and again it’s a day we will not forget. This was our most challenging hike because of the steepness, and the loose gravel that was like a combination of sand and rock that we were walking on. Each step was slippery. It was a tough hike, but all the kids made it up the mountain. An amazing feat.
We all learned valuable lessons. We learned to keep pushing no matter how hard things get. To take one step at a time, and that the small steps added up to the large success that they were looking for. Sometimes we all need to remember this, that if you look at what you have to do as a whole it may seem overwhelming but if you take just one step at a time the goal will be achieved.
The reward at the top of the mountain was this incredible sense of self accomplishment and an incredible view of the inside of the volcano plus the miles of lava rock and lakes below. Now, getting down the steep terrain proved to be just as challenging and we were all exhausted when we got back to camp.
Our last day was just as adventure filled, we visited Burney falls, a gorgeous waterfall where water pours out of the rocks through an underground river, and a lava tube. The lava tube was difficult for some…the teacher asked that all the kids venture through the dark, cold cave alone in silence. Many of the children were scared and it took a lot of encouragement for them to go into the cave alone, but all but 2 were able to do it!
The lessons learned on this trip were unforgettable!
Everyone learned to keep going when life gets challenging, that scary or unknown challenges can be overcome, and that life has so much to offer if you get out of your comfort zone! Seeing these kids learn this was amazing for me. I know that none of us will forget such an amazing trip!