Let’s backtrack: In 2019, my best friend, Sam, and I went on a backpacking trip run by the sleepaway camp I’d gone to for the past three summers. Our group of 11 kids and 2 counselors hiked and camped near Moab, Utah.
The area was beautiful, with bright-orange, flat-topped mountains that glowed in the sun. I experienced a lot of new things, like climbing in canyons, and had so much fun that I didn’t want the trip to end.
The weather was perfect on our last night, and we decided to sleep under the stars instead of in our tents. After eating dinner and talking about our many adventures, we put our sleeping bags in a line. I was on the end, next to Sam.
A few of us stayed up late talking and laughing—and being shushed by our counselors. I finally fell asleep around 11 p.m., thinking about how beautiful the stars looked.