Â Â Â Â Â When I stepped on the bus to Chicago which then would take me to an airport where I would fly to Alaska for almost a month with sixty preteens and adults I didnâ€™t know, I knew there was no turning back. I had made the decision to travel with AGLP this year on a whim. Sitting in a coffee shop, another Junior Leader suggested I ask Ishtar if I could tag along and although it was March he surprisingly said yes and my plane ticket was purchased that night.Â When the time came I wasnâ€™t exactly thrilled to be going, I had just graduated high school and understandingly I longed to stay home and celebrate with my friends all summer. Now- the last day of the trip I am content that I came. I never would have thought that these kids would be so amazing. I have learned so much from them- how to let go and have fun most importantly.
Climbing Mt. Healy had such an effect on meâ€¦ a euphoria that I couldnâ€™t explain, seeing orca and humpback whales in the dark ocean with surrounding mountains, a natural environment, was so beautiful, and staying up late in my tent sharing stories and laughing until we cried are the moments I will never forget.
I am ecstatic to be coming home but I never will forget how sitting on top of Mt. Healy made me feel. I will miss the mountains most of all.