Hike: After

I have met my personal goal, as I both managed to stay active during the weekend and I got to learn more about both birds and other aspects of the fauna and flora of the Basque Country, such as what almond-bearing trees look like and the different habitats birds like. This was all extremely enriching and interesting for me, as it helped me learn about the environment in which I live in.

If I could do anything differently, I would probably make sure to arrive a bit sooner to the hike in order to get the full experience. I would also make sure to wear better shoes and perhaps a cap in order to shield myself from the sun.

I have learnt that birds hide when it is hot, that vultures use warm air currents to stay up in the air and not use up energy, and that the vulture population is aging steadily because of our better management of waste products, which they used to use for food. This last point made me reflect about how humans affect nature with nearly everything we do.

Finally, I am pleased to say that I have met my learning outcomes for this activity: increasing my awareness of my strengths and areas for growth and undertaken new challenges. I have realized that, although my resistance is quite good, I should still practice avoiding distractions, as those are usually the cause of my slipping on rocks. I have also undertaken new challenges because I went hiking in a completely new place where I did not know what to expect of the trail.

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Hike: During

The hike was very fun and rather tiring, as expected. Unfortunately, my family and I arrived a little late to the trip, and therefore we had to join the group later on. Therefore, we did not participate in the whole hike, but we did take part in most of it.

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We were part of a very noisy group filled with young children and, in addition to this, it was quite a hot day, so not a lot of birds showed up. Rather, our guide told us, they were hiding amidst the trees’ leaves, where it was cool and safe. The only birds we actually got to see were some vultures that were circling around in the sky. Still, our guide did tell us more about other birds in the area as the visit went on, even though we did not get to see them.

The trail itself was rather easy, although there were quite a lot of mossy rocks that made me slip a few times. However, that could have also been due to the quality of my shoes.

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All in all, it was a very fun hike, and I wish I could do it all over again someday to see more birds!

Hike: Before

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth.
  • Undertaken new challenges.

Goal: To stay active during the weekend by going outside and exploring nature.

Going hiking is extremely exciting for me, as I love walking but rarely get the chance to hike. Getting to watch birds during this time is just an added bonus. The Basque Country has an incredibly rich flora and fauna which I do not know as well as I would like to, and it is great that I will get to learn more about it by experiencing it firsthand.

I think the hike will be tiring, of course, but I’ve walked much longer trails in my life. Therefore, four kilometers will not be much to walk. Aside from this, I expect the walk to be beautiful and full of sights to see.

I do not really anticipate any problems except, perhaps, the weather. In the Basque Country, rain is quite common, and it is possible that we might have to deal with it during the hike. Still, this is only a remote possibility, and might not happen at all. Aside from these, no obvious problems come to mind.