I race into the classroom. My teacher scolds me for my tardiness and ushers me to my seat. Mrs. Merryweather, my teacher, announces the hiking trip to Bear Streams State Park. I want to moan because I HATE HIKING. Mrs. Merryweather tells everyone to get their water bottles and lunches. But I didn’t pack a lunch or a water bottle! Great, just great, I think. This will be the worst hiking trip ever.
Shortly we arrive at the unpaved trail and Mrs. Merryweather partners us up. We start the hike on the gravely, dirt path. The path was a little hilly and went through a forest of tall, green trees. Through the trees a blue sky and sun peek in and out. The trail is slippery at some points.
Suddenly, I spot a shiny object that sparkles on the trail. It beckons me toward itself. I pick it up and it is a coin of sorts. It looks old and fits perfectly in my palm. There is also a date on it which reads 1899. Wow! That was forever ago.
We continue to hike for a while until we get to the ranger station for lunch. What if the ranger knows about the coin?! I think. I go over to the ranger and say, “I found a coin on the trail and it’s not a normal one.”
The ranger looks up from his computer, “Why don’t you show me?”
I hand him the coin. “Oh, wow, this is a commemorative coin for this park. The front is a little grimy but maybe we can look it up to see what it used to look like. This coin is very rare,” he said.
The ranger types in some words and a moment later my coin is on the screen. Mrs. Merryweather interrupts telling me it is time to hike back to the bus. The ranger returns the coin and I put it in my pocket. This hike is not so bad after all.
Violet Eilers is 9 years old.
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