The Community Life Office here at CBU is responsible for most of the exciting events held on campus. Twirp Week, Yule, Homecoming, and even intramural sports all fall under the office. I am always interested in exciting events that distract me from my homework load, so I have come to appreciate Community Life very much. One aspect I hadn’t experienced yet, though, were off-campus events. More specifically the Outdoor Adventures.
I am all about adventure and the great outdoors, but until this year my weekends have been dominated by Male Chorale concerts and mismanaged lab report writing. I never had the time to commit to a trip. This year I wanted that to be different. Without the commitment of choir and a better understanding of my class work, I planned ahead and signed up for the San Jacinto backpacking trip.
Our group of 25 left Friday afternoon and drove to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The tram begins in the desert at an elevation of 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet, which by itself would’ve been worth the trip. The rotating cabin provides an amazing view of the mountainside and valley below. After reaching the station, we set off for the campsite. We hiked a few miles with our backpacking gear, all generously provided by Community Life, until reaching a clearing that would be our campsite for the night. We all slept under the stars, and some in hammocks between trees. That mountain air at night was chilling, and I definitely was unprepared. I’m looking into buying a real jacket now, and maybe hammock too.
The next morning we packed up and hit the trail to the summit. With our day packs and plenty of water and Cliff bars, we reached the San Jacinto Peak. The view was spectacular with the Salton Sea to the east and the valleys and cities below. We hiked back down the trail and found ourselves at the bottom of the tram by late afternoon Saturday. The trip was a success. I highly recommend future trips. I will probably be there, too.