This past May, website Brothers and Sisters of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma spent a fantastic weekend away in Joshua Tree National Park for some hiking, bonding and intense (“in tents”) camping! After months of planning by our awesome Directors of Brotherhood/Sisterhood Relations, Justin Sun and Teresa Urrutia, we were finally off to our many campsites. Following several hours of traffic (and car bonding), we all made it in time for some delicious hamburgers by the campfire. We were then split into teams and sleeping arrangements, some of which were a little less than ideal (three people in a two-person tent, five people in a three-person tent), but still fun.
We arose on Day 2 and some Brothers and Sisters were fortunate to rise bright and early to see the beautiful sunrise, while the rest of the group woke up just in time for a nice hike. It was a long and tough trail that led to some awesome views and great pictures, though we did get split up along the way (into groups which we referred to as alpha, beta… you get the picture). A good while after the delta group returned, we sent a small rescue group back onto the trail to find and bring water to the last group. Luckily, they all made it back safely. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing by the campsites, playing games and hanging out, with some Brosters heading out for a round two of hiking.
Later on in the evening, we enjoyed some yummy hot dogs, hamburgers, and s’mores while winding down around the warm campfire. Once it got dark, we gathered around closely to tell ghost stories about creepy eyelid-less murderers and Popobawa (look it up – it’s a fun story for the kids) before talking about what the Brotherhood/Sisterhood bond meant to each of us. It was a nice way to round out the night before going to sleep (with one eye open, of course). Finally, after a short breakfast the next morning and cleanup, we concluded a fun and successful B/S camping and headed back to UCLA. Thanks for all the memories, Justin and Teresa!