This summer an intrepid group of Marin Academy alumni strapped on their 35 pound packs and ventured through the lush and majestic forests of the Santa Lucia mountain range in search of Sykes Hot Springs on our first official Alumni Outing! With leaders Patrick Ford, a regular MA outing leaders and graduate of the Class of 2002, and Olivia Bronson ’09, in the lead, the group traveled about 20 miles all told, and lived to tell their tales! Olivia shares her reflections:
Like most Outings, the beginning stages were filled with questions galore. With some participants fresh out of their first years of college or gap years, and others who graduated Marin Academy over ten years ago, our conversations covered some serious ground. Yet despite experiencing MA in different eras and now being in varying life places, it was not difficult to find overlapping themes.
On the first night we encountered a bit of a curve ball with almost every campsite already overflowing with Big Sur enthusiasts. However after some roadside conversations we managed to find refuge in a site off the beaten-track and get a good night’s rest before starting our trek. In total, we hiked 22 miles to and from the Sykes Hot Springs. Along the way we got pretty sweaty, befriended countless newts, encountered gaggles of non-English speaking kids, and plunged into one fresh water stream after the next—swimming never felt so good.
Throughout our four-day trek, we shared memories and reflected on our appreciation for our silly, challenging, awkward, sometimes bumpy—yet all the more wonderful—times spent at 1600 Mission.
Overall, it was a great success!
Interested in participating in a future Alumni Outing? Let me know! Plans are in the works for a Tahoe snowshoeing adventure in late January and we’d love to have you join us – no experience required!