PAX international exchange students from Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, and Malaysia running a piggy back race in Nevada
Alina (Germany) carries Charlotte (Germany), Marta (Spain) carries Lucia (Spain), and Johny (Czech Republic) carries Munisrau (Malaysia) in a piggyback race.

Survival Skills Put to the Test

Six PAX students set out with me to learn about “The Lost Ones” and the geology of Death Valley National Park in early March. Ranger Bob enlightened all to the fact that only one soul lost his life in Death Valley during the great California Gold Rush of 1849.

Everyone enjoyed the varied and unusual geology, including the badlands of Zabriskie Point, the Mesquite Sand Dunes, the mineral rock colors of Artists’ Palette, and the salt flats of Badwater, which lies 282 feet below sea level. Survival skills were tested with a race across the flats—the girls won!

—Margaret Hoppe (NV), PAX community coordinator