Adventure Club Trip: Santa Cruz Island Recap

  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 alwayimg_0160s 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 broimg_0102ught 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.

I had the chance to be a part of this great trip, and despite the fact that I usually do not enjoy being without running water, air conditioning, and electricity, I thoroughly enjoyed camping for these two and a half days. The highlight of the trip for me was the kayaking, led by Mr. Layton, which took us into sea caves and through kelp beds. Despite sharp rocks and a few wipeouts, the groupimg_0021 had a fun and safe time, all while making memories with their friends. I would definitely recommend going on this trip to anyone looking into joining next year; it has been the highlight of my experience on the Adventure Club so far! Also, look out for a possible trip to Joshua Tree early next year.
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