9th Grade Mystery Trip 2014

How would it feel to be shipped away to anywhere in the United States without knowing where you’re going? This is what happened to the rising freshmen at Christ Church Episcopal School. The trip is unique because nobody knows where they’re going until they get there. This year, the freshman went to St. Augustine, Florida, the first city in the U.S colonized by the Spanish in the early 1500s. St. Augustine has a broad variety of things to do and is very famous for their history. The high schoolers started off the trip at 4:00 on Tuesday morning and traveled on an eight hour bus ride to the city of St. Augustine.

Upon arrival, the ninth graders went to an Alligator farm, where they went zip-lining over alligators until dinner. Later that night, they went on a ghost tour of the city’s oldest places, such as a number of graveyards, an old fort used in the 1600s for battle against the Native Americans, and the oldest schoolhouse in the United States. This made for an exhausting day; the students didn’t get back to the hotel until after 11:00 p.m.

The next morning, everyone had to get up at 7:00, and went directly to a trolley tour, in which they drove past the Fountain of Youth, Flagier College, a series of historic hotels, and many of the city’s nicest views. Finally, everyone got back on the bus to enjoy a long, eight hour ride back to Greenville. Overall, St. Augustine made out to be a great mystery trip.