By: Eli Weissman, eighth-grader
Recently, seventh and eighth-grade students from Sheridan School went on their fall outdoor expeditions.
While some students drove four hours to Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, others went to NRocks, an outdoor adventures center in West Virginia. While on these expeditions, students stayed in cabins, ate food cooked over glowing flames, and participated in a variety of activities designed to help students challenge themselves while having fun.
Led by NRocks guides, students who went to West Virginia went rock climbing and rappelling at a nearby crag. They also sped down the side of a mountain on an NRocks zip-line course that took them whizzing through the greenery.
Meanwhile, Sheridan School students who participated in the Ohiopyle trip enjoyed themselves, albeit on the ground. Students visited the local nature center, where they took part in an inquiry program that explored the diets of otters living in Ohiopyle. Additionally, the rainy weather that had left many students pessimistic about their chances of going whitewater rafting subsided. And the high water levels and large waves the rain caused made whitewater rafting even more fun. One eighth-grader said this about the Ohiopyle trip that: “It was a lot of fun . . . I would definitely do it again.”
Due to Hurricane Florence, trips to Virginia Beach and Harper’s Ferry were cancelled. And students who signed up to participate in these expeditions went to Ohiopyle instead. But despite these unplanned changes, students were still excited to get such a great opportunity.