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imagesBy Bella Segelman

The visit to Pinnacles National Park was a very amazing trip for me. I came back home having laughed, had fun and had a great time, and I feel like it kind of changed me as a person. We did things ranging from hiking to rock climbing, which will forever be in my memories of both my head and my camera. One of my favorite parts was actually camping and tents. I will share with you the pros and cons of sleeping, pitching and taking down tents, and interviews with a few classmates.

Pitching the tent was fairly easy after a demo in the scorching heat (make sure to bring tank tops, shorts, water, sunscreen and bug spray for hot hours like this!) When we finally got to the site after a fairly long and, with my group, interesting car ride. We were in groups of two or three people per tent. It did not take incredibly long to put it up, so once we set it up we had plenty of time to take out our sleeping bags, sleeping pads and luggage. I’m warning you not to go into the tents when it’s hot; it feels like walking into an oven! Taking down the tents was definitely harder than putting it up and, it was also sad because it reminded you that you were going to go back to the real world.

Sleeping in tents was fun at times, but more difficult at others. It is absolutely freezing at night! Bring a warm sleeping bag, a onesie or thick polyester pajamas, a beanie, gloves or mittens, a sleep mask (the sun rises at like five in the morning), extra blankets and warm jackets. Also be prepared to not sleep as much as usual; if you were lucky you slept from 10:00 pm-6:30 am. I loved laughing with my tent buddy at night, whispering in the morning and cracking jokes in the afternoon. Also make sure to bring a flashlight or two for ghost stories late at night.

Here are responses to an interview from 3 experienced 6th graders:

 

Interview 1:

 

  1. What was your favorite part of your tent experience? Going to sleep with my friends
  2. Your least? It was cramped and someone snored.
  3. Did you hear animals? Yes.
  4. Which ones? Raccoons, birds and squirrels.
  5. Did you like sleeping with a friend or two? Mostly.
  6. Why or why not? It was fun to bond but snoring happened.
  7. Overall on a scale of 1-10 how much did you like your tent experience? 5.
  8. Why? Snoring.

 

Interview 2:

 

  1. What was your favorite part of your tent experience? No snoring and a comfy camping pad.
  2. Your least? There was a Racoon eating loudly and my face was cold.
  3. Did you hear animals? Yes.
  4. Which ones? Raccoons.
  5. Did you like sleeping with a friend or two? Yes.
  6. Why or why not? Because they did not snore and i knew them so they weren’t total strangers.
  7. Overall on a scale of 1-10 how much did you like your tent experience? 9.
  8. Why? Because I slept well.

 

Interview 3:

 

  1. What was your favorite part of your tent experience? Being with a friend.
  2. Your least? The cold at night.
  3. Did you hear animals? Yes.
  4. Which ones? Birds.
  5. Did you like sleeping with a friend or two? Yes.
  6. Why or why not? Having someone to talk to.
  7. Overall on a scale of 1-10 how much did you like your tent experience? 9.
  8. Why? Because I really liked it except for the cold.

 

Overall Pinnacles was a great trip with tons of great experiences! I hope you read a few good tips and tricks and some go’s and no-go’s about the tent scene for your trip! Make sure to prepare for a whole bunch of fun, are you planning your next trip? Check out the natural history of Pinnacles! It will truly amaze you.

 

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