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Wilderness club tackles the Superstitions

Sophomores Diana Venzor and Alfredo Alvarado enjoy the Goldfield Ghost Town with the Wilderness Club on the Superstition Mountains trip.

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Sophomores Diana Venzor and Alfredo Alvarado enjoy the Goldfield Ghost Town with the Wilderness Club on the Superstition Mountains trip.

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In March, South Mountain High School’s Wilderness club drove to the Superstition Mountains and stayed the night at the Lost Dutchman State Park. Club members wandered through Gold eld Ghost Town where they have gold mine tours, Old West gun ghts, a history museum, and more.

The rst night at Lost Dutchman State Park the club members were afraid of the coyotes howling nearby.

“I was just scared if they got near the tents,” said sopho- more Diana Venzor. “What was I supposed to do?”

The next morning nobody got hurt by the coyotes – in fact humans are rarely injured by coyotes. Everyone woke up tired and dreading the Lost Dutchman hike. But as the students walked the trail it was a great sight to see.

“(It was) really fun and peaceful,” said Venzor. “(You’re) not thinking or stressing about anything.”

The legend of the Superstitions Mountains tells of the Lost Dutchman Gold mine which is hidden somewhere in the cursed mountains. It is said that Jacob Waltz, who was actually a German prospector, found the rich gold mine. As he lay dying, Waltz told his friend Julie Thomas, who was taking care of him, about the gold mine. Some people who’ve looked for the treasure over the years have died mysteriously or disappeared. Some of the students were freaked out about the legend and others wanted to go nd the treasure for themselves.

“It’s pretty fun just being with friends and enjoying it outside with them,” said Venzor.“ Not being home, bored, and on the phone all the time.”

If you’re the outdoors type and want to join the Wilder- ness club next year, meetings are in room M134 every Tuesday at 7:20 AM.

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