Project Adventure has already been an awesome experience. The students are learning what it takes to live with fewer amenities as well as what it takes to set up and run a campsite. Last night was the the first night the students took charge with little to no help from Mr. Rightmyer and myself; they cooked, cleaned, and made the camp fire.
Yesterday we had an "easy" day hiking around Arches National Park. We learned about the living soil and what it takes to form the amazing arches which give the park it's name. This morning we woke up early and set out for a day of canyoneering in Ephedra's Grotto (see pictures below). The students did an 85 foot repel followed up by a 120 foot one. This gave the students a chance to learn about rope mechanics, anchor systems, and belay techniques. This adventure brought out a very positive sense of teamwork amongst the students; they encouraged one another and worked to overcome their fears. In addition, the guides were great. They taught the students more about the delicate ecosystem as well as edible and non-edible plants. It was an unforgettable day.
We are enjoying everyone's company. We are sharing many laughs, discovering many nicknames, and working great as a team. I think everyone is enjoying pushing themselves, and if the trip ended now the students would have already brought back some life changing experiences.
Below you can find just a sample of some of the amazing sights we've seen so far.