Eight summer campers and staff members from the Carlos Ortega Teen Center joined SFCT staff Charlie O’Leary and Tim Rogers, along with Lily O’Leary, for a hike up Dale Ball Trails – South to a wonderful rock platform below Picacho Peak. This is our inaugural “field trip” intended to promote the use of city trails by a broader segment of our population. Of the seven 12-14 year olds that came along, only one had ever been hiking before!
We learned about the land and its history, took in the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of nature, and enjoyed a beautiful view of our city and surrounding mountain chains from a height of just under 8,000 ft. I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a good time, and some may not even have noticed that we got a lot of good exercise and fresh air along the way.
Thanks to counselor Kayla and all the campers, it was a real pleasure to hike with you and we are looking forward to the next group of City campers next week!