The past weekend was by far the most exciting since we have been here. The hike at King Canyon to Wasson Peak was an amazing experience and I was so happy to make it to the peak of a mountain. It was quite a sight that I will never forget. A few of us also went to the Arizona v. California basketball game which made me realize how much I miss playing competitive sports. It has always been a major part of my life and this is the first year that I have been without it. I have been going crazy not having to wake up and worry about going to a practice or preparing for the next game. That has really been the only thing I have had to struggle with so far in AmeriCorps.
Yesterday we went on a hike at Bear Canyon/Seven Falls. When we finally reached the climax of the hike, a seven tier water fall was waiting for us. We spent about an hour enjoying the amazing view. We were able to do some climbing and exploring in the area.
After the hike we dressed up and went out for a team dinner. Long story short, the group “consisted of” doctors, pilots, Hawaiian tourists, an 80s workout team, and a trio of business professionals wearing pinstripes. As you can imagine we received some funny looks. However, we had a really good time with it and hopefully we will do that again.
Well it has been a whole week since we have done taxes because of the tax program being down, but today we got back to it. We split into two groups: my group went back to Flowing Wells Community Center while the other group went to a nearby high school to do taxes. While we still got a lot done during the past week, I think everyone was excited to get back to the work we were trained to do. My group of four was able to do a total of 20 tax returns which was very fulfilling for us. The only negative part so far is our schedules are off a bit and are making the other things we have to do throughout the day more difficult. However, that is the typical life of an AmeriCorps NCCC member and you have to be ready for anything.