Spring Break in Death Valley: Adventure ClubMarch 24, 2023
California is an amazing place if you’re someone like me who loves to explore the outdoors and enjoys nature. Though I haven’t been able to experience the California nature as much as I’d have liked to, I’ve managed to hit a couple of exciting landmarks. One of these was Death Valley, where I got to go camping with a group of Mudders during Spring Break!
Since I was already planning to stay on campus during the break, the opportunity to go camping in one of California’s national parks as an Adventure Club was timed perfectly and I had a great time. We went as a group of 9 Mudders across all class years who, despite my initial doubts, were equipped with excessive amounts of gear and food, which is all you really need to have fun camping.
Adventure Club is a Mudd only club that regularly takes groups of Mudders on hikes and outdoor trips. Across the 5Cs, there’s also a club called On the Loose, which does its own hikes and tons of other activities throughout the year (I’ve never been to an event, but they always sound really exciting). Since I don’t leave campus much during the semester, clubs like this are an amazing way for me to leave Mudd while also doing something I really enjoy.
Bouldering, hiking, and just witnessing the incredible natural sights at Death Valley were extremely exciting, but the part I enjoyed most was probably stargazing. The park is far enough from major light pollution that you can clearly make out constellations and planets if you know what to look for. My tentmates and I liked it so much that we decided against putting our rain cover up so we could just look at the night sky until we fell asleep.
My first Adventure Club trip was definitely a success, and I loved that I got to meet so many other Mudders through the experience. I’m definitely excited to go on more trips during the next few years even to less exciting places because I know that the people I’ll meet will always make it worth it.