over spring break we took some of our students on a climbing and rappelling trip to tishomingo state park in mississippi. it is something we have been wanting to do for a while, and we were finally able to make it happen while students were out of school.
brandon and jon went out on thursday to set everything up and test it all out, and on friday christina, jenni, and i loaded up into a bus with 11 students and hit the road. the students grabbed their gear, and we hiked in to where b and jon had everything ready for us. for the next 3 hours students were able to rappel off the side of a cliff and try out four different climbing routes of varying difficulty.
while students climbed and rappelled, nina [jon’s daughter] and i took pictures and hiked back to the truck to grab stuff for lunch. we made it all the way out before realizing brandon’s truck was locked, so we had to hike back in, get the keys, go back out and get the food, and then hike back to where everyone was. needless to say, i got all my steps for the day and apparently climbed the equivalent of 32 flights of stairs.
it was so fun to be able to offer students the opportunity to climb and rappel outside, and i especially enjoyed getting away from the city and having some time in the woods. i enjoyed my hikes out and back and out and back with nina, catching up with her on school and life and all those fun things. i got to spend some time with the rest of jon’s family as well, and it was great watching some of our students overcome their fears and step out of their comfort zones.
i hope we can do more of these trips in the future, and i hope i can get some more time in the woods soon.