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Girl scouts have a trip to remember

Girl Scouts from Detroit Lakes took a trip to San Francisco a month ago and saw many of the sites, including the Golden Gate Bridge. SUBMITTED PHOTO

This summer the Detroit Lakes Girl Scouts troops asked the community for a little assistance for a trip to San Francisco. They made the trek about a month ago and had a memorable time.       

“We had a great trip.  The girls were very interested in learning about the different things we saw — the different cultures, the museums, all the great history of the city and Alcatraz,” co-leader Kristin Schiltz said. “They worked hard to get there with their fundraising and we appreciate the support of our community.”

Though the girls of troops 30410 and 30580 have taken multiple trips in the past, the leaders wanted to give the girls a bigger, grander trip to remember as well. They looked through various destinations and narrowed it down to two, which happened to be in the same area.

Destination Marin Headlands and Getaway San Francisco both were sponsored by Hosteling International, so the troops decided to combine the two into one trip.  It took them a year and a half to fundraise and save for the California trip.

Nine girl scouts and four chaperones flew to San Francisco for five days filled with education and fun that started from the moment they stepped off the plane.

They crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, then hiked down to the beach and put their feet in the Pacific Ocean. They also visited the Marine Mammal Recovery Center and adopted a sea lion who had been left blind by gunshot wounds and is recovered and living in the San Francisco Zoo.

“The Marine Mammal Recovery Center made me realize how important it is to keep our oceans clean and be kind to all living things,” Tiana Schwartz said. “I loved being by the sea and seeing all of our sea lion friends.”

They went on a nature night hike, stayed in hostels, explored Chinatown, visited an art gallery, rode the cable cars, walked Fisherman’s Wharf and took a ferry ride under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz.

“My favorite part was the boat ride around Alcatraz island,” Ellee Traurig said.

She added that “I learned how environmentally friendly everyone in San Francisco is.”

During their time there, they also saw the sea lions on Pier 39, toured the Aquarium of the Bay, learned to ride the Muni, went to the Exploratorium, an interactive science center, visited the Ferry Building and outdoor art market, visited the California Academy of Sciences (which has a four-story exhibit of the rain forest) went to the top of De Young Museum tower, saw the Palace of Fine Arts and walked along Crissy Beach.

“It was great to experience all the different cultures in San Francisco,” Anna Schumacher said.

And after the sites in San Francisco were absorbed, the girls found the people of the San Francisco left one of the biggest lasting impressions.

“All the homeless people we saw on the side of the road made me appreciate what I have and not to complain if I don’t get something,” Alison Dahring said. “It made me thankful for the things I have, like family, food and a place to call home.”

Akyra Hagen agreed.

“I learned to appreciate all the little things that I have because I saw a lot of people that really didn’t have anything,” she said.

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