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The Most Amazing Experience Ever

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Yesterday was the most amazing day! It started off by camping the night before on the Great Wall! We set up camp in an area right by the Great Wall when you looked up you could see the beautiful wall it was amazing! Camping was fun, for a first time experience the Great Wall was a great place to start. We set up camp and put our tents up pretty quickly, me and caitlyn only needed very little help:) after awhile of hanging out we all went to sleep pretty early, the next morning we were going to be waking up at 5! I was surprised that I was able to sleep , but I actually slept a pretty long time! The next morning was the hike! We ate breakfast and then it began. We first climbed up a huge rock, this was a fun way to start our morning! The hike was tough uphill through bushes and cornfields, but it was the best! It was very tough to climb and I don't think I have ever sweat that much in my entire life. The hills were so hard to climb and at many points there were straight drops down, but at any point you could look up or behind you and see the Great Wall. It was memorizing, there are no words to explain its beauty. It was breathtaking and one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Every time the hike got rough we just kept thinking of where we were and how amazing this opportunity was! It was a once in a lifetime chance! It was
absolutely stunning, and sometimes frightening! However I never felt nervous, there were doctors with us incase we ever needed help and our whole group was always together! It was so great, the scariest part was definitely walking across the narrow bridges where there was wall on one side and a huge drop on the other! Another scary part was when we literally climbed up the wall vertically! Not many people can ay they scaled the Great Wall! The experience was overall amazing, there really is no way to describe it, and no picture that could ever do it justice. It was such an amazing experience and I am so grateful that I was given this wonderful opportunity!
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Karen Wells said...

You were the only student to mention the fact that there were doctors hiking with you. I know that is comforting to parents everywhere! I'm glad your first camping trip was so exciting - don't expect any others to quite measure up to this one! ( : Karen Wells DSA South Africa

Changing Connections said...

Again, it's wonderful that you add images to your posts. You have a knack for selecting the perfect photo to go with your post. The fear factor on this climb, especially the vertical scale, must be almost paralytic at times, but always, as you mentioned, mesmerizing.

Anything you do after this I'm guessing you will measure against this amazing day.

Is the doctor with you the entire trip, or was s/he just accompanying you on The Wall:

RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 4th - 18th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture