Personal Narrative Essay: The Colorado Adventure

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Clomp! Clomp! Clomp! Our boots pound the rocky Colorado trail in the middle of a cold, starry night above the massive tree line with a spectacular view of the lights of Leadville, as we hiked our first 14,000 foot mountain of the summer. Clomp! Clomp! Clomp! We have only just begun. Upward we trudge for several more hours. Following a long, boring drive with my parents, we were able to find Gold Hut East without any problem. I have to say when I got there it was really quiet, which I enjoyed because I got to choose the first bed. It was tough when my parents left, but the bright side was I would see them on visiting day. Later, after a yummy and fulfilling lunch, we sat in our cabin, waiting eagerly for the other girls …show more content…
Our counselors had to scope out where our campsite was, which they finally found by a exquisite blue lake. It felt so good to empty our packs and stretch.
After waking at midnight to start our summit in order to beat the possible rainstorms, we were off to climb Mt. Massive, the second tallest mountain in Colorado. Climbing rocks with heavy backpacks, crossing rivers,bushwhacking about 3 and a half miles, and dealing with heavy winds that almost blew us over, we finally found the trail! Once in awhile the wind was so bad we had to wait until it stopped. “This is awful!!, I said to my lead counselor.
The view at the summit was absolutely amazing. Amazingly, it felt like we were looking at hundreds of other 14ers that still had snow on them. Soon we had to climb down with the wind blowing like crazy. But, we still had one more mountain to climb, Elbert, the tallest peak in Colorado.
In conclusion, if I put my mind to doing something that I am not comfortable doing and trust myself, I learned I am a brave human being. The feeling of accomplishment I had, makes me excited to climb more mountains or tackle anything new, like making friends and going to a new school. I now know that I can do

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