Mt. St. Helena

By Sameer Punia

On Saturday morning, December 5th, we all drove up to Sequoia Elementary school and met at 7. The temperature was 42 degrees. We, “we” being 13 Scouts and 9 adults, got into our cars. After about 2 hours of driving, we stopped at Calistoga, where it was still 42 degrees to stretch and go to the bathroom. We then continued and stopped at the trailhead to Mt. St. Helena. We all started hiking and went at a good pace. The 5 1/2 miles to get to the peak took us about 2 hours. At the top it was quite windy and cold.

We ate lunch and rested for 45 minutes and then went back down. The descent was much easier and took us around an hour and a half. We then piled into the cars and headed back home. The highest temperature on the trip was 59 degrees, but most of the time it was between 45 and 57 degrees. When the trees weren’t blocking it, the wind was 15 – 25 mph. We decided to skip the fast food on the way back to get to Sequoia as fast as possible. Once we reached Sequoia at around 6 p.m. we were picked up by our parents and went home.

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