Khadijah Michael, 17, from Brooklyn.
17-year-old Khadijah Michael reports on hiking in the North Cascades:
Yesterday after spending the night at the North Cascades Institute (NCI), where we had breakfast, we headed out to take a nice long hike up to the top of Thunder Knob with Julie Stone, who was the Stewardship Coordinator at NCI. It was a little challenging getting to the end, especially for me and Tiffany, who found it very difficult and who was ready to give up ¾ of the way through. But we all pushed through and finally got to the top to see the beautiful view. We headed back down to the car to grab some lunch and had a little chat, then said bye and thanked Julie for taking us there.
Later that day we came back to the Nature Conservancy office to meet with a reporter and we told him what we’ve been up to and what we’re here to do. We took a couple pictures for the newspaper and answered some more questions about what we expect and so forth. The paper should be coming out on Monday. —Khadijah
Note: The article about Tiffany, Khadijah and Tiana was published on the front page of the Skagit Valley Herald on July 25. Read a preview online.
Tiffany Smith, Tiana Cruz and Khadijah Michael are spending three weeks in Washington as part of The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program, which provides paid internships to high school youth. You can read about their adventures in this daily updated blog.