Today, my group took two hikes on the Domain. On the morning hike, we learned about the different ecosystems on the plateau and in the coves, the different plants life and how water affects the biodiversity. We visited sandcrops with endangered species, hiked to ephemeral ponds, stood on Piney
Point, found a red salamander, and sat on the rocks of a small creek. On the afternoon hike, we learned about the history of why people settled here i.e. coal, shelter, trees, water. As we hiked down Shakerag Hollow, we went into a coal mine shaft, bouldered massive rocks, sat on Green's Point, and talked about the founding of the University of the South. After dinner, everyone made a short trip to CVS, and then, to Sonic where everyone bought shakes, drinks, or blasts. With the sun setting, we sat on the grass in front of the colossal white cross end our second day at SEI.