Everglades Expedition 2016

On March 18th, eight students, two instructors, and one writer-in-residence boarded the Voyageur bus and made their way to Everglades National Park for an 8 day expedition through one of the most unique ecosystems in the world!

The drive down featured the culinary delights of Cookout and Popeye’s along with the always exciting camp-out in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  However, upon our arrival in Everglades City, we immediately transitioned to backcountry mode.  The first morning was spent planning our final route, getting our permits at the ranger station, and then packing our boats for backcountry adventure.  That afternoon, hopped in our kayaks and canoe and headed out to our first campsite at Tiger Key.

Having taken one final check of the weather, we knew a front was moving toward us from the southwest, so we took a relatively direct approach to Tiger Key and made great time.  We reached our site well before dark (and the rain), and enjoyed some of the best backcountry pizza we’ve ever made!

The following morning came with strong winds and a small craft advisory.  Knowing this would be the case, we made plans to spend the day at Tiger Key, exploring the beaches and looking for shells of all kinds.  Along the way we spotted nesting Osprey, horseshoe crabs, raccoon, a few 9-armed starfish, and more shells than can be described.  A quick fly-fishing lesson and some games, and the group settled in for the night.

The next 3 days brought plenty of paddling, gourmet food, wildlife sightings, and the occasional swarm of mosquitos!  We camped on Rabbit Key, Watson Key, Lopez River, and finally paddled out through Chokoloskee with several dolphins leading the way!

All told, it was an amazing trip!  To see some of the highlights, check out the pictures here!

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Have A Great Summer!

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!  We wish you the best of luck as you head off to school next year.  For those of you returning in the fall, please check back in August for start dates and paperwork.  Enjoy your summers and get outside!

 

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Congratulations WAICL Champs!

Both the NCS girls and STA boys won their respective divisions at the 2015 Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing Championships on Saturday, February 7th!

Seniors Emma Mazzuchi (46 points) and Rachel Rubin (38 points) both finished in the top 3 of the women’s division.  On the men’s side, seniors Richard Randall (55 points), Roy Auh (53 points), and Jack Warren (48 points) swept the top 3!

Congratulations to all of the STA/NCS Varsity Climbers on their Championships!

 

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4-Corners Expedition!!!

Eight Upper School Students from St. Albans and the National Cathedral School recently took part in a 10-day expedition to the 4-Corners area of the southwest United States.  The trip consisted of a five day, 57-mile paddle from Mexican Hat to Clay HIlls Crossing on the beautiful San Juan River.  From there, the group took 5 more days to explore the area’s vast array of National Parks and Monuments.  Mesa Verde, Natural Bridges, Arches, and Canyonlands were a few of the major highlights.  Please stay tuned for a more in-depth trip report, but in the meantime, check out a handful of pictures on the trip page!

 

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