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A life experience

My sixth grade class at Basalt Middle School just got back from an awesome trip to Arches National Park. We had the best time.

We hiked to Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Morning Glory Arch and the Firey Furnace. We camped for two days and hiked for three. During this time we learned a lot about the high mountain desert.

Do you know what cryptobiotic crust is? It is the foundation of life in this desert environment. It is like a sponge, retaining moisture in this very dry climate. If we wandered from trails and paths our feet would damage this crust and it would take many years to recover.

We learned a great deal on this trip and we also learned some independence. I had a great time just being with my friends. Life experiences are much better with friends, and we learn to appreciate the world and all its little and big spaces.

This was such a good learning trip for me, and I think kids in the future would learn and grow just like we did. Thank you to all the parents who donated food, camping equipment, money and time for this trip.

Thank you for your time.

Chris Rupinski, sixth grade

Basalt Middle School

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