First hike of the 4-H year experience

High Country 4-H 2016 to 2017 Reporter Paloma Landen will be reporting on High Country 4-H events throughout the year. In this recent story she wrote about the High Country 4-H Hiking Project. Allison Renck photos
High Country 4-H 2016 to 2017 Reporter Paloma Landen will be reporting on High Country 4-H events throughout the year. In this recent story she wrote about the High Country 4-H Hiking Project. Allison Renck photos

Paloma Landen
High Country 4-H Reporter 

When on a hike, the youth of high country 4-H have no fear, not even mentioning the tag-along adults. We all went on our first hike led by our leader, Allison, on a lovely Friday evening, respectively Aug 19 around 4:30 p.m.

It was an adventurous drive into the pines of the mountain of Idyllwild, quite beautiful and scenic. Once getting to our destined area for the hike, we parked our cars and walked to a few picnic benches, where our leader, Allison Renck, gave us some helpful reminding tips on what to do and not to do on a hike. Some of which were to drink plenty of water according to the activity and your weight, and staying on the path, in recognition to “leave no trace.”  Each of us excited 4-H youngsters even got our own hiking journal, so that we may record every hike that we go on for the 4-H year.

Yet, this was only the start of our amazing journey. Walking along, we came across an old tree stump, and learned how to tell how old a tree is by looking at its rings on the inside of it’s trunk. Farther down, we find a pine tree that was struck by lightning, and had lived through the traumatic experience. We learned that we must leave nature as we find it, which is especially difficult if you find a really nice looking leaf that you may want to take home with you. Rest assured, we all came home with empty pockets.

These 4-H members are enjoying a Hiking Project break with snacks and water. Pictured are; Issidore Landen, Connor Benson and Arthur Secules.
These 4-H members are enjoying a Hiking Project break with snacks and water. Pictured are; Issidore Landen, Connor Benson and Arthur Secules.

Unfortunately, myself and one other (my little sister), came home with a few bee stings. It simply came upon us by the fact that my little sister Lola, 5, smelt of such a sweet aroma of flowers that all the bees were attracted to her when she stood under a tree. That short break didn’t last long after once the bees stung her and I a few times.

Overall, this was a great start to the hiking program for 4-H, we learned much, and trudged through our pleasantly short, yet fun hike. It ended at about 6 p.m., and each of us on our own ways for home.

If you’d like to join High Country 4-H please contact Allison Renck at (951) 663-5452 or email her at Ali9591@aol.com.

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