I stepped on the bus not knowing what to expect or what to see. I didn't know anyone there. As I walked down the isle finding my way to my seat, there was always a stranger looking my way. One thing I was sure about was that it was going to be a great learning experience.
Monday morning we departed to Uvalde, Texas. The ride there was cold and silent except for when the counselors were talking. As our destination was reached, we put some sunscreen on and stepped off the bus. Arriving to the Vulcan Uvalde Quarry we grabbed some yellow hard hats and were moved to a room. We watched how the Quarry was made and recieved saftey precautions that needed to be taken. Afterwards, another bus took us to the center of the Quarry where we had a guide give us a quick tour. I was amazed at how the limestone rocks towered up above us as we walked the grounds. That night we checked into our hotel and took advantage of our sleep.
The following morning we woke up to go to Carlsbad, New Mexico. We walked, dripped sweat, and drank water as we hiked to the top of the Guadalupe Mountains. Once we got up there we saw the beautiful sight of the brownish-orange colors of the mountains as they reached the blue sky. We learned that the mountains were formed due to collision. After the breathtaking view we tried and hurry down the mountain because the use of restrooms were both urgent and necessary. Once we got on the bus we found out that our air conditioning wasn't working beacuse of the rising heat. Tired, we all fell asleep with the dripping sweat running down our foreheads. We checked in at the Western Inn Hotel that night.
The next day we woke and traveled to Cloudcroft, New Mexico. That day we visited the Carlsbad Caverns and learned that they're just huge rocks with pores in them. We were all amazed at the different forms of rocks and wondered why the weather would change as we went further down the cave. After lunch we made our way to the White Sands National Monument where we were taught that the dunes were made beacuse the wind would blow grains of sand into a direction where they would all meet to form a mini-hill of gypsum sand. We all had our fair share of fun when we climbed to the top of a dune and slide down on a circular plastic sleigh. By the time the day was over we checked into our hotel and fell fast asleep before it was even time for lights out.
By the end of the trip I had made new friends, unforgettable memories, and faced cahllenges that I overcame with ease. This trip taught me things I never imagined I would learn and changed me because it opened up new paths for me to explore. This experience taught me that we can do anything we set our minds to.
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