While making a celebrity appearance at the Salsa Rico booth at Palm Springs weekly Villagefest, Manu took in the sights and posed for pictures with adoring fans!
I'm so very proud of every single one of these 11 and 12 year old kids. They had an extreme challenge and overcame physical, emotional and mental challenges by making this torturous backpacking hike up San Gorgonio. Though we didn't make the hike to the summit, they did extraordinary. They all had positive attitudes, pushed themselves and witnessed even through exhaustion, the beauty, the essence of mountain wilderness. My group, Team PandaCorns, were incredible and it was an honor to have been their guide. Not only did they take in everything, they showed support to each other and team work. This was the first time they had done anything of this nature. This challenge I know, will prepare them for future challenges they will face from now on. I'm so proud of them.
Did my first Summit climb and hiked the San Gorgonio summit in the San Bernardino National Forrest. 11,400ft, 15.2 miles one way. Next week I'll be taking 6th and 7th graders to make the climb over a day period. Great challenge and epic experience for them. I'll keep you posted.
Keeping our eyes open for tracks.
Found Wolf, Deer and spotted rabbits.
Also found great edibles like lemoncello, alfalfa, prickly pear, choyo buds.
Also, there are 2 types of yellow cherry like tomatoes. One is poisonous which is identified seeing the exposed cherry.
The edible one actually has a paper like shell that you peel off.
It's been a very long journey for me. Yesterday was my last and final day in physical therapy. I've learned invaluable information and education about my body and how now to take care of myself better than ever before.
They gave me such encouragement and helped me so much to transition back into a very active lifestyle. Going from not being able to walk and support myself physically to working great adventure trips with school kids, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Rock Climbing, Biking, Camping Trips, Team Building..... Volunteering at the Wildlife Sanctuary which you have to believe it's quite hard work since I tend to take on the big tuff jobs..LOL.. and also teaching swimming lessons to little ones..
ALL, I love doing and just having such an amazing sense of purpose. When the school events slow down, I will be working towards planning for 1 day to 3 day Survival outings in and around Los Angeles other places in Southern CA