Essay about The Hike

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It is cold, foggy, and dark. Everything looks dead around me - brown grass, bare and skinny trees, my tired classmates. I look at the wildlife and think about greener, more beautiful places. I imagine that I am hiking in North Carolina or Austria, where nature needs no sprinklers to remain green. Why am I awake now? How can I find beauty on this hike? How can I possibly write an essay about this?

Despite my negative thoughts, I force myself to focus on the hike. Birds soar through the crisp air, singing their morning melodies and landing on trees and telephone wires. I hear cows in the pasture and feel nice, cool breezes. The road curves, and the hilly scenery suddenly appears more beautiful as we walk through the quarry. The
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Large red and brown leaves cover the sides of the rocky road, and I hear their crunch underneath my feet. The edges of the road are dotted with little white and yellow flowers that overlook a kingdom of brown grasses, rocks, and cacti from their thrones atop thin, brown stems. Yet, it is time to leave the road, the farms, the fences, and the telephone poles and adventure up Poly Canyon.

The sun becomes brighter as we start up the hills in single-file. I begin to feel like a kid and daydream about all of the hiking adventures I experienced with my family when I was younger, earning me the nickname “mountain goat.” Though my mind is elsewhere, the trail I am walking on is cutting through new landscapes. This area has fewer trees and more grass and chaparral. Birds still sing and fly around, and other animals like deer and coyotes have left behind droppings that we studied together. The trail separates an area of fortunate green vegetation that is nourished by a spring from a dryer, browner section to the right.

The terrain continues to change, and the temperature becomes warmer as the sun shines more successfully through the fog. I now walk on serpentinite soil, which cannot support many plants. The land appears more barren and I feel cool breezes. Rocks with yellow and red moss cover the ground and add other color to the mainly brown landscape. Yucca plants become more common and stab me

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