Tiffany Smith, 17, and Khadijah Michael, 17.
Today the girls hiked Sauk Mountain, a familiar landmark in the Skagit Valley that’s visible from Interstate 5. Located in the North Cascades, this trail offers spectacular views of the Skagit and Sauk River basins, and beyond. Our LEAF interns were joined by members of Washington’s Next Generation, the Conservancy’s group of young professionals, for the hike.
The girls sent in these dispatches:
Today we hiked up Sauk Mountain. It was very challenging for me, especially because I had a sore foot. Going up the mountain I felt like I would never reach the top. The best part was when I got to the top. It was a big accomplishment. — Khadijah Michael
Hiking Sauk Mountain was a great experience. It felt great seeing how much we climbed, but a little intimidating seeing how much we had left. Once we got to the top, the view was fantastic, but that wasn’t the best part. The best part was sliding on the snow downhill. It was like skiing without the skies. — Tiana Cruz
Today we hiked up Sauk Mountain. It was an experience of a lifetime. It felt great to be at the top of a mountain, but the hard part was climbing back down, but we did it.—Tiffany Smith
New York residents 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.