On the prairie trip we took a night hike. I personally think that was the best part of the trip for me. When we took the night hike all the teenagers had glow sticks around our wrists and the grown ups had flashlights. It was cool and the wind was blowing. The grass was really wet under my shoes. It was already dark outside. The teenagers had paired up so nobody would get lost in the dark. So we started walking threw the tall grass. As we got farther and farther into the prairie we came across a spider web. It was so beautiful and detailed and the spider was in the center, just sitting there. We heard lots of noises like prairie grass moving with the wind, woodpeckers and crickets. The boys were throwing rocks in the grass trying to scare people. When we were walking though the prairie at night it made me feel like I was hallucinating because flashlights were going on and off around me and coming in my eyes. But I also felt good and I like doing things like that…looking up at the stars, sitting quietly and trying to hear different animals. When we were walking back all the kids started running to scare the grown ups. If I had a chance to do it all over again I would because it was a nice experience for me.
My name is Jayla. I’m a 16 year old intern at Story Stitchers and I attended the Peace in the Prairie trip to Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center this past weekend.