During the yearly middle school orientation trip there was one part that really stood out. We had just gotten back from a game of yeti bottle at Rifle Gap State Park. We ate dinner and went to meet with our advisories. We did some fun group activities, but soon the sun set and we all went to our tents for the night. The teachers came by and said it was time to turn off the and lights go to sleep.
Then, in the middle of the night, I heard a loud scream and I abruptly woke up and asked, drowsily, “what is going on?” Once we realized what was happening, nearly everyone was very nervous. About 20 minutes later, Jeff came by with a very scary voice and said, “get your headlamp and get to your advisory bus as soon as possible!” Everyone's shoes and pajamas were soaking.
We all ran to the bus, despite the rain pouring down on our heads, soaking our clothes and chilling us to the bone. For the girls, the buses were all the way across a field of grass and goat heads. Goat heads are little plants that look soft but are actually very pointy and sharp, and easily get stuck in your skin or your clothes. Additionally (as if that isn't already bad enough), they are practically invisible in the dark. By the time we boarded the bus, everyone was grumpy, cold and very, very tired. Nearly an hour later (2:00), everyone went back to their tents. We went to sleep, and in the morning, it was like nothing had even happened.