Category Archive: Academics

May 24

Day 4 – Up to Chimney Rock

Today we started a little earlier than we normally do. On most days, we start at 8:00 AM, but today we started at 7:45. Fifteen minutes of sleep can be the difference in waking up in a good mood or a bad mood for some. No matter what mood some of us may have been …

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May 24

Day 4 – Four Seasons Trail and Falls

After lunch, we began our hike on the Hickory Nut Falls trail. The hike was not hard, but the incline was a little steep at some points. The view on the trail was amazing, and we spotted plant species that we had not seen before. At one point on the trail, we came across a …

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May 23

Day 3 – Ups and Downs

Day three has had its ups and downs. However, even though the rainy weather was against us, we still got to do just about everything we set out to do. We began our day at an art gallery where you could purchase a variety of merchandise. Nobody really purchased anything because it was so expensive, …

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May 23

Day 3 – May 23

The rain made today very interesting. I think I really would have enjoyed the hike at Mount Mitchell, but the rain was a big distraction. The trail was like nothing I’d ever seen before. There were caves, old logs, a lot of stones, and other things throughout the trail. I enjoyed walking through the woods …

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May 22

Day 2 – Elevations

Today, we visited various elevations. We began at 2,500 feet, and the highest point was at Richland Balsam at 6,020 feet. As we climbed in elevation, we noticed the trees were not lush and blooming like they were at 2500 feet, but, rather, they were more like vegetation in early spring. Overall, today was an …

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May 22

Day 2 – The Mountains Rock!

What a day! Longest travel day ever. Having been out of school for two weeks now, the 7:20 AM alarm was like the gunshot at the beginning of a race. We piled into the van by 8:30 and set out to see the French Broad, which was a historic waterway during the 1800s. Dr. Carpenter …

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May 21

Day 1 – The Adventure Begins

Who knew biology could be such an adventure? When I woke up at 6:30 am this morning to get ready to get on the van, I sure didn’t; but, at 8 am when my ten classmates and I loaded up the vans, started talking and laughing, I knew I was in for a good time. Just …

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May 21

Day 1 – Hiking and Learning

Today, we explored Christmount. We hiked up to the trail and took note of some of the plant life that grew along the side of the road. We saw several different types of ferns including; lady fern, Christmas fern, and New York fern. We learned that different types of ferns have different types of arrangements …

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May 20

A Week of Wonder

What happens when you take 12 students and immerse them into a new habitat in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina? The experience of a life time. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but no picture taken throughout this week could truly capture the sights, sounds, thoughts, or feelings that were experienced. …

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May 18

Day 5 – Fauna at the Falls

Today was a great day in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The day started off with a visit to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. This center is home to species native to western North Carolina. The center had many species that we have not been able to see in the wild, such as …

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