Cleveland's Outing to Gold Creek

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Team:
Cleveland STEM High School
Date:
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Trip Types:
Snow Shoeing, Snow Sledding
Photos:
Plan:
8:30 am – Students arrive at Cleveland High School – breakfast, gear distribution, introductions, expectations, etc.
9:15 am – Load the vans! Leave for Hyak Sno-Park/Gold Creek
10:30 am - Arrive at Hyak Sno-Park/Gold Creek - Snow Shoe
12:00 pm - Lunch
12:45 pm - Snow shoe, sledding
2:15 pm - Closing Circle
2:30 pm - Return to vans, leave for Cleveland HS
4:00 pm - Return to school, collect gear, say goodbye
Report:
We met at the school at 8:30 am and started gearing students up for the day. The roads were clear driving up to the pass, so no concerns about the vans. We did get both vans stuck up by the snow mobile route when we were turning around to get parked. The students were unbothered - all part of the adventure! They hopped out of the vans, dug around the tires, and put their backs into pushing the vans. It was even one student's trip highlight! Once the vans got turned around, we dropped the students at the trail head with two ICO leaders, their teacher, and the snowshoes, while the drivers parked. We snowshoed to what would be the Gold Creek Pond parking area during the summer and found a place a snowball fight. We spent quite awhile building fortifications and building up stockpiles of snowballs before the official "war" started. We also made snow cones as a novel snack at this point. After the snowball fight, we continued on to the pond for lunch. Two of our leaders went back to the vans to collect the lunch supplies (crock pots with turkey chili, toppings, and corn bread muffins) and sleds while the rest of the leaders supervised the end of the snowball fight and the trek over to the pond. We enjoyed a warm-ish lunch and then spent an hour or so sledding on the southwest side of the pond. In hindsight, we probably should have gone directly to the pond, had lunch a little earlier, and split into to groups after lunch - some of the students would have been happy to keep snowshoeing around the pond. We headed back to the vans just as it was starting to sleet. While two leaders collected the vans, the rest of the group had our closing circle at the trail head. We loaded up the vans and headed back to the school to wrap up our full day of snow fun!

Photos

Cleveland HS - Sledding Race

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek

Rainbow!

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek

Snowball Fort

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek

Lunch is served!

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek

DUCK!!

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek

Flying down the hill!

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019

[Cleveland] Gold Creek