LA Residential students camping at the Hidden Valley Nature Center.

LA Residential students camping at the Hidden Valley Nature Center.

by Jamie Nguyen ’16

A couple of months ago (in October, 2015) our residential students at Lincoln Academy, Hana Hirano ‘17, Simay Tanriover ‘17, Hindley Wang ‘17, Amy Tran ‘17, Monica Hao ‘16 and Jamie Nguyen ‘16 went on a camping trip at Hidden Valley Nature Center. The group consists of residential students that stayed at Publick House before they moved into the new dorm.

Our group has been very close since the day we moved in together. Going camping is a tradition that we had back in the days when we had Lexi Golestani as our dorm parent. This fall, we were lucky to have Mr. Stevenson, director of residential life, who made this trip possible. We stayed in The Yurt, which was a beautiful, cozy house with bunk beds and a stove to keep us warm. We invented many new ways to make food without convenient equipments and stayed up until 5 in the morning to play Truth or Dare. Mr. Stevenson helped us a lot with carrying things around and keeping us warm.

Traveling to an traveling to an island by canoe.

Traveling to an traveling to an island by canoe.

In the morning, after having a bonfire and s’mores, we hiked up the hill to go canoeing. It was the first time for most of us. With the direction from Mr. Stevenson, we were now skillful at canoeing! It was a chilly fall day, but the scene made it worthy to go.

We saw a small island in the middle of the lake and we were determined to get on it (for no reason actually). After some failed attempts and 5 rounds around the island, we finally got onto the island, tied our boat to a tree and pretended like it was our territory. It was a fun memory for all of us to remember. Thanks to Mr. Stevenson for being with us to share this amazing experience!