The Orion

Adventure Outings trip leader shares outdoor thrills

Melissa Berndt and her group take a moment to rest during Wildcat Wilderness Orientation on top of the cinder cone volcano in Lassen National Park. After going on many trips through Adventure Outings as a participant, Berndt is now a trip leader who guides others. Photo courtesy of Melissa Berndt.

Dj Morris

January 31, 2015

Facing the turbulent water around her, Melissa Berndt submerged in and out of the Trinity River as it rushed her down the rapids. Gaining speed, she came to a halt and felt water on her face. As she braced herself, she soon realized that the water was not from the river but from tears of joy. R...

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