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The Chittenden Reservoir Canoe and Hiking Trip

posted Oct 28, 2013, 7:36 AM by Diane Randall   [ updated Oct 28, 2013, 7:43 AM ]
The Chittenden Reservoir Canoe and Hiking Trip
Written by all of the Fifth and Sixth Graders
Have you ever been to the Chittenden Reservoir? Well, on Friday, October 11, 2013 the 3rd-6th grade students traveled by bus and went canoeing and hiking at this beautiful place. It is a majestic and peaceful location that provided us with the opportunity to explore, be creative, and use our natural resources.  The trip was an adventure full of relaxation, discovery, and surprises.

We couldn’t miss the magnificent beauty surrounding us. The mountains were giant splashes of fall colors. Pico Mountain could be seen in the distance. The reflections were like a stained glass window. Clouds lined up in the sky like eggs in a carton. The bright rays of the sun illuminated the water and mountains.  As we crossed the babbling stream, some of us found treasures like rocks with crystals.  While hiking, we could hear the CRUNCH of the leaves, the RIBBIT of the frogs, and the SPLAT of the mud.  As you can see, we enjoyed all of the sights and sounds of this wonderful place.

There were lots of scary, funny, and exciting surprises on our trip. The scariest thing that happened was one of the canoes had a crack in it, and it was letting in water like a geyser. An unlucky mom lost one dark blue Croc in the sticky, smelly, oozy mud, which was quite funny.  During the survival hike, it was exciting to wreck the squirrel hut that we made of sticks and leaves. After all the astonishing surprises, it turned out to be quite an amazing adventure.

We had to use our creative skills to get around the difficult challenges. Two of the obstacles we encountered were steep hills and mud. As we climbed the rocky incline, some of us had to hold on to trees and crawled like babies to reach the top. We often stopped to rest and hydrate.  Another challenge that we faced was how to construct a squirrel hut. First, we had to find two Y shaped sticks to support the structure. We also fetched medium sized sticks that we leaned together to create our teepee. Then, we piled lots of dry, dead leaves to cover the shelter and insulate the inside. The hike was challenging in many ways, but we had a lot of fun.

At the end of the day, we were all exhausted, but grateful that we had the opportunity to experience a wilderness adventure.  We hope someday we can go on another field trip to this breathtaking, challenging, and surprising place that is practically in our own backyard.