The smell of gas filled the cabin and the two engines roared to life. We start a long journey and leave the familiar harbor into the bay. After four hours of going from the bow to the poop deck we arrived at the island. We set anchor in the dark, muddy shore. I’m inside making snacks for my dad when I hear loud splashes and the boat starts to rock. They jumped in without me.
I stop everything and dive in too. We all swim around and splash each other. Later on, we pull out our kayak and my dad rows it to the island’s shore. I pull down the dingy and plop it into the water. I step in and my sister sits in front of me. I row us to shore to join my dad while my brother swims. We reach shore and bring out a frisbie and run across the sand covered shore of the island while we glide the disk back and forth to each other. We look around the island and swim some more until it is dark.
We all swim back to the boat and make dinner. We eat, then sit on the top of the boat. It’s July 3rd and all the rich people that live on the shore of the bay have their display of fireworks a day early and we get to watch. Sparks of colors sprinkle around the shore. We watch and eventually end the night playing guitar. The next morning we all seem to wake up at the same time. We all jump in the water for a morning swim, then we’re off back to the harbor.
It was a cool crisp morning with no clouds in sight. The sun was just coming up when we reached the base of the mountain. My two friends, my brother and I were all dropped off by my dad for an overnight hike in the mountains. We said bye to dad and shut off our phones for the ten-mile hike we had ahead of us, five miles to the top and five miles back. We walked along a riverbed kicking rocks around and singing. After a while of walking on the rocky terrain we reached a small path that lead us up the mountain. There were only a couple of other hikers on same hiking trail as us, but none of them were spending the night up there like us.
We stopped close to the top to eat. We snacked on protein bars and sipped our water. Then we continued our hike up a sandy trail that lead us to a bride. There was runoff water that created a stream that lead under the bridge. We climbed down the side of the bridge and took off our socks and shoes and rolled up our pant legs too cool off in the water. It was cold and clear. We all took a sip of the water as a sign of accomplishment. We hiked back down half a mile and decided to set up camp for the night. We didn’t bring a tent thinking we could make a shelter of our own. We set up six large sticks with a “Y’ shape on the top of each. We laid six sticks connecting the rest and tied them with grass.
Two of us worked on the fire in the middle, the other person started collecting sticks to lean up against the other sticks. We finished two-and-a-half of the six walls. We covered half of the wall with two of our jackets. We covered one of the others with a sleeping bag and the other with a heat blanket. We left one of the walls open.
The fire was lit and we all settled in around it and cooked our dinner. We finished eating and washed our spoons in the stream and left our food cans away from our camp. The moon was full that night and the air seemed fresh. We stayed up a little longer after we ate and gazed at the stars.
We took to our shifts of keeping the fire lit to scare off anything that might be around us. After my third shift I woke everyone up and we decided to cover the coals and fall asleep. A while after we all fell asleep there was a couple of howls not far from us. I woke up, frozen still, listening for a sound or movement. After what seemed like an eternity, I fell back to sleep.
All of us woke up early the next morning. Tired and weary, we took down our makeshift shelter, picked up the can we had dinner from, and started a small fire for breakfast. We filled up a pot with water, boiled the water, and poured it into individual cups with oatmeal inside. We all ate quietly, then packed up and started the hike back down.
We got to the spot early, so we decided to hike another two miles down the road to a café. We all pitched in and bought a warm meal. A couple hours later we were picked up and returned back to the comfort of our home.