Snowshoeing

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Rocky Mountain National Park
7th Grade Outdoor Education
February 2009

Written by Rebeka

    

            So, about Fifty-five of my fellow classmates from South Valley Middle School and I completed our first Outdoor Education trip. This trip was a snowshoeing trip to Dream Lake in Rocky Mountain N.P. We left the awesome 45 degree weather of Platteville all dressed for a blizzard. Our teachers had been telling us for about a week that we really needed to dress in a lot of layers on both top and bottom. We needed to bring gloves, boots, hats, and ear protection, just to keep warm.  As we left Platteville, I remember thinking to myself, "WOW, I brought a lot of clothes...but, I don't know why."

Even though the bus trip was fun, it seemed to take forever to get to Estes Park.  Still, I didn't see any snow, I started to get a little bit worried. I was starting wonder if we were going to snowshoe on just rocks, dirt, and a little bit of snow. After what seemed like forever, we stopped at a shop and loaded our snowshoes on to the bus. For a minute I thought this was where we were going to snowshoe.

As we were loading the snowshoes and poles on the bus, I overheard a man tell Mr. Aguirre that "The kids sure look prepared for cold weather this year".

            “Still” I thought to myself, “it's not cold and I don't see any snow.”

We continued our trip and entered Rocky Mountain N.P., but still I didn't see any snow. I had a sigh of relief when, finally the bus started to drive up the mountains and we could see snow.  The snow kept getting deeper and deeper and deeper. When we got to Bear Lake it was windy and snowy and the people from the rental shop were there. They helped us put on our snowshoes. It was really awkward to walk in snowshoes at first, but we got used to it.

            After we all got our snowshoes on, we ate lunch. Then we started our hike.  Snowshoeing was fun but the hills were hard to walk up and it kept getting windier and windier. After a while we had gotten to Nymph Lake. We continued hiking and headed to Dream Lake. The weather, already being cold, was getting very cold. I was glad that I brought all the extra clothes. We got to Dream Lake and the wind was blowing and it was snowing. We walked to the end of the lake and found a hill to slide on.

     After taking a break we hiked back to the bus and went to EstesPark for dinner, our choices were McDonalds or Taco Bell. It was so much fun! Even though it was freezing cold and snowing really hard.



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Climbing the trail to Dream Lake
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Hallett's Peak
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Nymph Lake
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