When we saw that there was a Guiding trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, we knew it would be something that we’d never experienced before. It looked like a great adventure where we’d learn so many new things and have so many challenges waiting for us. The trip met all our expectations – we jumped off a rock face into the sea, met so many great people, had wildlife come not even a foot away from our boat and the opportunity to help others in a local community.
Our Guiders always encouraged us to apply for international trips. They always told us that if you don’t apply, you will never have the chance to participate in one of these once-in-a-lifetime adventures. We were so nervous for the experience and challenges that we would have to face that we really didn’t know what to expect. All we knew is that we were going to be on a boat for eight days with 16 girls we didn’t know. But by the time we all departed from Calgary, the friendships had already started to form.
Every day of our adventure came with new challenges and new experiences. The first day was the most challenging – we had to get used to the constant motion of the boat, our very small rooms and getting to know each other. On top of all that we were going snorkeling. We started off slow by just going into the water by the beach. Lela, our naturalist, and Guri, our lifeguard, taught us very well. By the next day, we were all comfortable and were able to enjoy the beautiful view that was below us.
We also had the opportunity to help a local village, surviving with no source of fresh water and no electricity. We had the chance to provide some basic necessities such as dry food, toothbrushes and soap. We also helped by donating school supplies for children. It was heartwarming to be able to help others in need. We were also very fortunate to be able to join them in a game of volleyball – they beat us by a longshot.
A big thank you to everyone who helped us prepare for this trip – our references, leaders, parents, friends and everyone who bought cookies. Without you, this trip wouldn’t have been such a success.
Guest post by Marissa and Michelle. Marissa is a Ranger with the 1st Kirkland Rangers. Michelle is a Ranger with the Richelieu Ranger Unit. This blog has been edited from a post on GuidesQuébecBlog.