Sycamore Canyon Academy has had many successful field trips and conservation projects this year. To enhance their knowledge of the environment, students and staff made a recent trip to the great outdoors.

The adventure began with a 4-day camping trip in Flagstaff. Tall pines trees and white bark aspen trees surrounded the campsite, which overlooked a large meadow with tall green grass. "It was the most beautiful view I've ever seen," said student Richard R. Everyone enjoyed taking in the scenery and spending free time playing outdoor games such as frisbee and football.

The first major event of the camping trip was to hike the tallest mountain in Arizona, Mount Humphrey's peak (elevation - 12,633 feet). The 13 mile roundtrip hike with a 3,633 foot elevation gain from the trailhead brought many breaks, lunch on the mountain, and opportunities to view the amazing sights along the way. Reaching the top was a true test of endurance and perseverance.

The following morning, the group drove to the Grand Canyon and spent the day observing the many beautiful sights and learning about the area. The wildlife, rushing river and majestic canyon provided valuable educational opportunities and students asked inquisitive questions throughout the day.

The students were very courteous and displayed outstanding behavior throughout the Grand Canyon trip, including offering their seats to others when new passengers joined the tram ride to the scenic viewpoints. Their courtesy was so profound that students even received an ovation from the rest of the visitors on the tram.

As students and staff returned to camp at the end of the day, they had the opportunity to learn about the constellations and share scary stories. The trip was another success and allowed students to create memories of an experience they will never forget. "I'm glad I went on this trip," said student Dennis R, "I learned to never give up on a task even if it's as big climbing a mountain. I wouldn't have traded this trip for anything in the world."


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