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A student’s first snow, high above Mono Lake

November 1st, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by Lisa Godenick, 2016 Outdoor Education Instructor.

The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

The Roosevelt High Outsiders pause for a breath on their high-altitude snow hike. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Written from the perspective of students from Roosevelt High School.

I am from Guatemala. I have never seen snow.

I am from Mexico. I have never seen snow.

I am from El Salvador. I have never seen snow.

I LOVE SNOW! ME GUSTA LA NIEVE!

I go to Roosevelt High School. I should be a senior, but because I have to pass all four of the English Language Development courses, I am a sophomore. This is my first time in the mountains in the Sierra Nevada. It is so beautiful in the Mono Basin. I do not ever want to leave this place. This reminds me of my life back in my country—in a way that we do things as a community. The Outdoor Education Center (OEC) program requires us to work in groups, in collaboration. This is not what I am used to at school.

My two teachers who created this opportunity go out of their way to connect with those of us who are learning English. One founded the Roosevelt Outsiders Club, while the other carried the torch to make us the longest-lasting group to attend the Mono Lake Committee’s OEC program. My school has been coming here since 2001. I am so lucky. Estoy con suerte.

Team one in the Great Snowball Fight prepares for attack! Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Team one in the Great Snowball Fight prepares for attack! Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

“Whoosh!!” A snowball whizzes past my face. Quickly I run back to my side of the line—the safe zone. I gather snow in my hands, and feel the freeze melt as it seeps through my gloves. Snow is cold. “Marco! Come here!” We both run toward the other side, pelting the other team with snow. I hit Santiago in the back and feel a rush of pride. I am so happy.

At the end of our hike near Saddlebag Lake, we make snow angels. I lay back in the bank of snow and begin to move my arms and legs apart and then together, apart and then back together. The blue sky sparkles above me. This is paradise. This is my first snow.

Estefania relishes making her snow angel---something she cannot do in Los Angeles. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.

Estefania relishes making her snow angel—something she cannot do in Los Angeles. Photo by Santiago Escruceria.


4 Responses to “A student’s first snow, high above Mono Lake”

  1. avatar Sarah Rabkin Says:

    This is so lovely, exhilarating and heartening! Thank you.

  2. avatar Carol Poole Says:

    A heartwarming story. The never ending wonder of nature to heal us all.

  3. avatar Elsa Lopez Says:

    Thank you for keeping the OE alive… the hundreds of youth that have gone through the program since 1992 have grown to be model adults that OE has implanted the love of nature and of giving back to their communities.

  4. avatar Connie Barnes Says:

    This brought back so many memories. I have camped on the June Lake Loop for 50 years and many times brought neighbors kids and foster kids with us who had never seen snow before. Its a great feeling to watch them play in snow for the first time. Thanks for the great work you are doing. See you next summer!