By Tiffany Chea ’17 and Mitchell Mui ’17
Members of the senior class were brought away from the commotion of city life to a resort nestled in the Shawangunk Mountains on the weekend of January 15, 2016 for the annual senior trip.
After weeks of planning and discussion, students took a four hour bus ride to Pinegrove Ranch – an estate located in Kerhonkson, New York. The ranch, known for its scenic surroundings and free roaming indigenous animals, provided seniors with a unique experience that could not have been replicated in urban Brooklyn.
“It was nice to be out of the city environment and exposed to nature,” said Allison Morris ‘16. “It smelled amazing, the scent of pine and fresh air indicated the lack of urine in the air.”
The total cost of the trip was $300, which comprised of round trip bus fare, two meals a day, an unlimited snack bar and activities. Meals at Pinegrove Ranch included items such as mac and cheese, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, fries and ice cream. Although the “all-you-can-eat buffet” sounded promising to students when they were first informed of the trip, some were unsatisfied with the food served.
“The food was definitely better on paper than on the plate,” explained Daniel Rebibo ‘16.
Students were thoroughly entertained with a variety of activities, such as snow tubing, horseback riding and archery. A favorite activity of many who attended was paintball, which cost extra money if you wanted to participate. Bonfires occurred at night, providing the seniors a chance to converse with friends after a long day.
“What I enjoyed about the trip was hanging out with my friends outside of school and playing paintball. What I disliked the most was leaving the place. None of us wanted to leave because we had such a good time,” said William Cantor ‘16.
The 89 student attendees were not the only members of the Midwood family to embark on this trip. Accompanying the seniors were a handful of faculty members who acted as chaperones for the duration of the excursion. Mr. Albert Peterson is one teacher who relished his stay and appreciated having a weekend to be disconnected from technology.
“We had a great time on the trip and the students were very well behaved,” recalled Mr. Peterson. “It was nice getting acquainted with my co-workers and building friendships with them outside of school.”
Although some seniors who went on the trip enjoyed the experience, others did not want to attend due to the price and location.
“I didn’t go because the time that it took for the committee to choose the destination irritated me,” said Vlad Chzhen ‘16. “Also, the trip choices seemed painfully similar and un-creative. I didn’t want to pay money to go on a farm.”
This was not the first time the school has taken students to the Pinegrove Ranch. The ranch is the location for the annual Freshman-Sophomore-Junior (FSJ) trip, which takes place a month prior to the senior trip. Activities that take place on the FSJ trip include swimming, archery, and horseback riding, this showing the activities offered were quite similar to those of the senior trip.
“It was great to be able to interact with my close friends in an environment that wasn’t as stressful as school,” said Morris. “If students were to have the same trip next year, I would recommend it. The important part is to go with people you care for, because although the location isn’t the best the company of great friends makes up for it all.”