Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Sunset Hike on the Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Shakespeare Trip

Between August 2nd and August 9th, some
Cedar Ridge Academy students attended a trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah.  These students had completed the class academics necessary to attend this trip.  For about the last decade, the certified English teachers have been teaching a rigorous curriculum to help students to understand William Shakespeare's words that also aims to help students with credit recovery, academic recovery, and prepare for college.  The class culminates in a great experience for these troubled teens: the trip.  To help with their academic development, one of their assignments is to write a reflection about the class or the trip to post on the blog.  This post was written by Conrad.

When I was at home, I never went hiking.  Then I got sent away to wilderness I hated hiking.  By the end of my stay at wilderness I grew to love it.  I have been away from the mountains for a while, but luckily I got to go on the Shakespeare trip and be back in them. 

Each year that Christine has gone on the Shakespeare trip, members of the group have gone hiking.  Our cabin was on the ski slopes in Brian Head Resort.  We went to a ridge above the cabin to see a beautiful view. Christine took us up during the day first so that we could see the hike and the amazing view. It felt like I was on top of the world.  Then she takes anyone that went on the first hike on a second hike right before sunset.  The goal is to make it to the top of the ridge to watch the sunset.  The reason that she does first hike is so that we know the hike when we go back down in the dark.  Katelyn, Sean, Christine, and I made the sunset trek back up the ridge.  It was a hard hike, but the view was well worth the wait.  It rained on and off most of the time we were there, so we didn’t see the sunset because of all the clouds that were in the way. However, we did see really cool lightening storm instead. It was such an amazing experience to hike up the ridge even with the clouds. I will never forget hiking on the Shakespeare trip. 

Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School Shakespeare Trip 2012
Conrad on the sunset hike with the amazing view in the background

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