By Gabby Fernandez
The Great Florida Adventure was one of the best school adventures I’ve ever been to. The load of things I have never done, I had the opportunity to do them. I have never been horseback riding before, same for ziplining. This was a great experience and it was very generous of the school to provide such a journey! On this trip, we went airboating, ziplining, horseback riding, and kayaking. Let’s start with the ziplining at Canyons, an adventure park. This park doesn’t only let you go ziplining, it lets you harness your fears, try new things, and try different courses of fun. The ziplining has three different types of experiences which they explained to me. They have the Big Cliff Canyon, Treetop Express, and Sky High. The Big Cliff Canyon is their most popular tour! The only tour that flies over lost spring lakes in the massive big cliff canyon. With 9 ziplining courses, 2 sky bridges, using one rappel. The Big Cliff Canyon course is what my group participated in!
I never have been on an airboat, gone gem and fossil mining, or ever met a Native American who teaches. Adventures At Boggy Creek is a life-changing experience for me. For fossil and gem mining, they have a water tower that has over 70 feet of mining troughs. We uncovered natural resources and discovered many of Florida’s hidden treasures. We found the following, fascinating alligator teeth, arrowheads, fossils, shark teeth, and the rarest gems. Fossils and gems are neat, but the airboating there is the most satisfying activity. My experience at airboating was where I could view the beauty of the wetlands while we were looking out for turtles, birds, alligators, and more in their natural habitats. Whenever we spotted the animals, our tour guide would explain what it does and how extraordinary it is. I learned about a treacherous-looking bird that actually feasts on baby alligators, snakes, and ducks, while another bird is almost extinct, with only 1200 of them left in the wild.
At Boggy Creek still, we met a Native American who showed his way of life and explained how he hunted for his food and the meanings of the tattoos on his chest. He showed my group neat tricks using a bow and arrow, along with spears with designs made from the skin of turtles, and showed us his necklaces made from the teeth of alligators. He taught us how to speak in his language counting up to five and how to call for others using a shell. This experience overall was fascinating and very enjoyable.