My Experience With My Family Trips

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” was an outlook I found within my research for this trip (Einstein). Family trips are always an interesting experience and sometimes hard to understand. Between the arguing and stress of packing, my family finds a way to get on the road quite often. However, the next trip planned arose a new level of anxiety. Until this trip, I have never traveled to a place far from society and slept within the pure darkness of the night. The adrenaline rush of hunting to find a safe space for shelter, hanging a bear bag, and climbing the cliffs of Red River Gorge was an experience I did not expect; however, my father, brother, two other family friends, and I conquered this expedition…show more content…
Spring break came faster than I imagined, and we were soon on the road to nowhere. The trip became more nerve racking as we made our last stop with civilization at the park ranger 's office. The ranger was very hopeful that we would not run into too many issues within our trip, however, I was not. He made it clear that we must take all bear precautions, even though he attempted to convince us there were no bears in the area. He also made it clear we must find high ground for camp due to weather concerns. Listening to his safety speech made me regret committing to this adventure.
After gathering our packs and a map from the office, we approached the first trail. My shoes were tied, my pack was on securely, and I realized what we were actually about to do. The first couple of miles seemed easy because the trail was wide and the elevation was only increasing slowly. By the fourth mile, the trip began to change. My ten-year-old brother and his friend became tired and the elevation was dramatically increasing. The small wide hills became steep, narrow rocks. Scott took the lead to find safe footwork. This is when I regretted the forty-pound backpack. Using Scott’s hand and a tree limb I pulled myself up an almost four-foot tall rock and then another. I turned around to look back at the rest of the group and realized I was only a couple inches away from falling off an eighteen-foot drop.
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