Last Friday afternoon, I joined a group of 12 students and four EPIC trip leaders, left Cheney around 1:30 p.m. and arrived on the east side of Banks Lake around 4 p.m.
It was a hot and humid Friday evening —perfect weather for swimming. After we set up camp, our EPIC hosts introduced us to paddle-boarding, which began as an innocent learning experience and later led to a jousting tournament on the water between two paddle-boarders armed with beach balls.
After a scrumptious dinner of grilled hamburgers followed by cherry cheesecake for dessert, we roasted marshmallows and devoured s’mores around a campfire while playing games and listening to acoustic guitar. That night, we received a tremendous thunderstorm that lit up the sky. Although the wind managed to destroy a few tents, the storm spared us any precipitation and no one was struck by lightning.
During the next morning after a great breakfast, the EPIC staff set climbing routes along a sloping granite rock slab to challenge our skills ranging from 5.6 to 5.9 in difficulty. After lunch, more challenging routes were established between 5.9 and 5.11c further down the granite rock.
Beautiful vistas greeted us above and below the rock faces. After another hearty meal, a bit of paddle-boarding and a hot campfire, we once again retired to the tents as another powerful windstorm blew in.
I awoke the next morning to the smell hot cinnamon rolls and the realization that my tent was only halfway standing. Unfortunately, we had to pack up and prepare for home. As a friend and I battled the choppy waters across Banks Lake, I couldn’t help but remember the good times we’d had that weekend laughing, playing Frisbee and enjoying great food. Once again, the folks at EPIC Adventures had hosted an awesome trip, and I’m glad I was there to enjoy it.