Every year the 7th grade students at Union 32 Middle School hike a local mountain, usually Mount Hunger. In October 2019, they hiked from the Middlesex side up through land that SLT is working with the Trust for Public Land to protect through the Hunger Mountain Headwaters Project. Here is one of their stories about the day that was nominated for publication with the Stowe Land Trust and shared by teacher, Mary Bove.
By Evelyn Rocha, 7th Grade.
As I walked down the steely steps of the bus I took in the fresh mountain air and felt ready and refreshed for the hike.
I hurried over to the frenzy of students before me. Everyone looked either annoyed, tired, or kind of excited.I felt the anticipation as we waited.
FFWWEEEEEEET!!!! A high pitched whistle interrupted my negative thoughts.
Here we go.
People immediately started walking up the road. I shook myself and started to walk too. Soon enough my legs were already tired and my throat became dry with cold. My breaths became shorter and with every step I became slower and slower. ...It felt like I was still at the bottom of the mountain even if I traveled so“far”. I felt so tired and so worn out I can’t keep going. I struggled to keep up with my friends let alone the whole class.
Finally I stopped for a while, I let my breath become long and dragging. Then, I decided to travel the rest of the way with my mom. A couple more minutes of waiting and a couple stragglers and my mom finally came up next to me.
“Hi, mom,” I said.
She smiled exhaustedly. “Hi, Ev.”
We walked, and walked, and walked and walked; I jumped on rocks and kicked stones and leaves.
“How are you not so tired?” I asked.
“Take little steps, then you won’t be so exhausted.”
Many little steps later... Keep going. Come...on...I struggled to stand as I started my journey again. After our short water break, I felt like I hadn’t had a drop of water in days. And in a flash I was back on the trail, the dead leaves calling for help as my feet kicked them out of the way.
THE TOP... A VIEW I WILL NEVER FORGET... SO MANY ROCKS TO CLIMB... THE SUMMIT IS SO FAR AWAY... WILL I EVER GET TO IT?
Well, I did. And the natural beauty of the mountain was incredible.