by Connor Knauss
This past October, Maranatha students in the Adventure Club took their annual camping trip to Santa Cruz Island. Students had the chance to kayak, snorkel, fish and hike, all while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Channel Islands. Led by Mr. Layton and Mrs. Zambrano, this trip is always a favorite, as all the
spots filled up the day it was announced.
Students departed early on the morning of Friday, October 28th, and drove by bus to Ventura Harbor where they loaded the boat and set off for the island. Everything went smoothly and the group was on the island within 2 hours of their departure. Friday evening was spent setting up the camp, and a few adventurous students braved the frigid water with a night swim. Saturday morning brought clear skies and warm temperatures, and the group split up to do various activities around the island including hiking, swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling. Saturday night the group crowded around the table for games and dinner, then stargazed at the pristine night sky, unimpeded by smog. On Sunday morning, the group broke down the camp and left the island with a sense of disappointment that they had to return to the mainland, by also with a renewed sense of purpose that only comes through spending time in God’s beautiful creation.