Interns camp out at Slide Ranch for the 17th Annual LEAF event!

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The LEAF camping trip took place at Slide Ranch at Muir Beach. We were all excited, yet tired during the an hour and a half car ride to Slide Ranch. The trip lasted from Friday afternoon to Sunday. During the trip, we saw many familiar faces from the first LEAF camping trip and also some new faces. Because many people from other schools were familiar faces, it was comfortable working with them.

During the first night, we had a campfire. We roasted our hotdogs and also made s’mores. The campfire wasn’t as nice as the one at Presidio; however, it was still very cozy because everyone gathered around.

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One of the activities we did was milking the goats. It felt weird, yet it was very interesting. All the us were milking the goat at a slow speed while our guide was milking at a rate five times faster. We also end up tasting the goat milk right from the goat. I didn’t want to do it, but kind of Jenna forced me to. It tasted warm and sweet.

Another activity we did was making cheese. We learned how to make cheese with ingredients that can be found at home such as milk, vinegar, and lemon. The cheese tasted great. We also helped in the garden and planted chards.

In the afternoon, we went to the beach to pick up trash. I thought we were going to a normal sandy beach, but it turned out being a rocky and dangerous beach. We had to climb through rocks to get around and we were so close to the ocean with big waves. Surprisingly, we collected more trash than we expected.

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One thing I learned about sustainable garden is that it is beneficial to people and is good for the environment because no food goes to waste. It is hard work to maintain a garden, but it is very sustainable.

One takeaway is realizing how much trash there was at a beach that doesn’t have much people. I realized how big of a problem litter is and how much more awareness needs to be done about litter. 

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