Day 15: Post-hike

I cannot express how beautiful the hike was. The entire experience was so memorable, and gave the Tactical Group yet another journey to bond over. At steep parts during the hike, it took collaboration and encouragement from each other to make it through. Surprisingly, no one took pictures throughout the hike. I believe this is for two reasons. First off, a big camera would have just been another weight someone would have to carry, as if going up 500m was not hard enough. Secondly, it would seem as if we were living this incredible view only through a screen. Without our cameras, it was even possible for me to lie down and hang my head over a cliff that was 200m above the closest ground (Jason held my feet). As I cannot think of any other way to explain how mesmerizing the hike was, I decided to write a poem.

I understood what rhythm meant again
when I watched the silhouettes of satin branches
meadowed rock, let
the trickles of summer rain
brush my skin 

when I felt the turning trails of dirt beneath my feet
the insanity of tree roots
all tangled in between the cliffs

when i listened to the velvet skies
heard the night drowned deep in peace
reminded myself i was born of beating lungs
I learned to breathe again



So lovely :)

Mia, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us! That's great to see the level of trust in the group that you would let Jason dangle you over the cliff to get a change in perspective :) Do you remember reading The Phantom Tollbooth? I think that scene would fit right into that book. Your poem is wonderful and really conveys a depth of emotion and sense of the experience.

Hi! I'm Mia C., and I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. However, I'm also American and Canadian. I've lived in Shanghai for about 11 years now, and I've been at SAS since the start of 3rd grade. I have arrived in Xizhou, and so far, it's been an incredible opportunity, as I love being active and understanding the world around me.