Day 17: End of the Trail Road

As we reached the end of the trail road, a series of emotions overwhelmed us. First relief, then hunger, and finally the feeling of appreciation. After hiking downhill for four hours, everyone was elated to see the small bus that would be taking us back to the Linden Center. OurĀ initialĀ feeling was relief. Relief that the physical challenge of three days of hiking was over, and relief that the mental challenge of the hike was over as well. Sure, the physical part was difficult, and tiring, and made us think of all the times we've sat down for 10 minutes, but the main thing that we trained was mental. One needed to be mentally fit, mentally strong, and mentally prepared for the long, two night hike. It was this that changed us the most during this hike, in my perception. The next thing we felt, after everyone was crammed into the small bus, was hunger. With a constant pace of a downwards trek, there wasn't any time to stop and enjoy a small bite from the packed muffins, fruit, and sweet corn. When we were all seated (with Shirley, Mr. T, and I on small stools in the aisle), we reached for anything edible on our stuffed hiking bags. With grimy fingers, we peeled open out granola bars, and took large bites out of the apples and bananas. When the feeling of something in our stomachs, the sensation of appreciation settled in. A comparison of what it was like to live on the mountains for only 2 nights versus what it feels like to live at the Linden Center was running through our heads at a breakneck speed. The things we lacked on the mountains, but took completely for granted in places like LC and SH really stood out. Things such as electricity, light, warm and clean water, a heater, and even a soft place to sleep on were noticeably missing on the trip. Overall, the three day hike was a great eye-opener for us all. It would be difficult to compare the people we are now and the ways we think now to the people we were before.


I enjoyed reading all your

I enjoyed reading all your journals but this seriers of hiking stories are the most impressive ones I would encourage everyone to read on. As a 12 year old (well will be 13 soon :-), you discovered the truth about the life all by yourself, how amazing is this! Thanks to the MicroCampus!!! I can't wait to meet this young lady who's been rapidly growing both phiscally and mentally in the past several weeks. We missed you a lot. Love you, mom

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.