The Spring 2021 Trip was indeed a one-of-a-kind experience. The students were focused, polite, and kind as we ventured through some of the less-traveled highways in the state. The trip began at the Ute Museum in Montrose, an impactful experience as it helped us all appreciate the vastness of the Ute nomadic area and connect with the history of the land. Next, we arrived at the Gunnison Gorge for some camp time and fly fishing. Students hustled, setting up and taking down the camp to ensure as much time as possible for hiking and fishing. The guided fishing day had many of our students “hooked” as they collectively reeled in 12 fish!
After a long morning on the river, it was time to return to the mountains and head to Lake City. The drive was long, but the beautiful scenery made it worthwhile. In Lake City, the students played at the local school participating in a basketball game and playing on the jungle gym. The following day, students took in the historical sights in Lake City before departing for Creede, where students participated in a mining tour and an engaging clowning workshop. After regathering, the group drove a short distance to South Fork. They celebrated Cinco de Mayo by ordering Mexican food and having a fun afternoon playing together and celebrating. Finally, we headed east to Sand Dunes National Park. On the way, we stopped for a quick history lesson on the Spanish Trail and looked at the geology of the San Luis Valley. Fort Garland was the last activity before making it to camp at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Once at the Sand Dunes, students enjoyed digging in the sand and practicing their sand boarding skills. That night, a group of students participated in a night hike under the stars where there was time for quiet contemplation and a quick game of light-up Bocce Ball.