This past weekend a few RAs in housing decided to host an event to go cave hiking at Pinnacles national Park. We had to be at housing at 7:15 am, on a Saturday and leave around 8 o’clock. Yes it was crazy, and yes I was tired, but everyone was and since we had at least a 2 hour drive there it gave us time to sleep on the bus, or wake up some. Of course some people were a little more ready to sleep on the bus with blankets, pillows, or the taking up of two seats by lying down. Obviously early mornings and weekends should never be put together, but it happens.
We got to Pinnacles around 11:30 or so and had time to discuss and figure out what everyone was doing. Obviously the RA’s who picked it out had maps and an idea of what they wanted to do where as we were kind of there along for the ride.
The day was ahead of us, and we had until 5:30 to be back at the bus. The slight drawback to this was there was no cell service, so if we were lost or got injured along the way there was no way of making contact to someone for help, the only hope would be to find a park ranger or guide to radio over or something.
My roommate and I ended up separating from one of the larger groups taking a strenuous route, and decided to do something a little more moderate that was a little longer, but not as much climbing. Although obviously by the end of it we were all sorts of sore, and not moving as fast as when we got there. Our hike had beautiful scenery, and a small little cave that we could actually climb through, but you had to look hard to see the small arrows pointing you in the direction up.
It was a long day, and yes we were sore, but it still ended up being a lot of fun.