Update from SW

Entering week three of the trip. We have done dozens of little adventures from seeing 500 year old ruins, to a 5 day river trip where we got to go 56 miles with really kind guides and super awesome scientists not to mention a few really good rounds of Cards Against Humanity. Excited to finish the trip off strong. – Cole

Beginning week three of the spring street southwest trip throughout the United States. So far we’ve traveled from Washington through Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and briefly in Arizona. We’ve seen moose, prong horn, jack rabbit. feral horses, donkeys, and lizards of all type. – Nathan

Throughout the last couple weeks, I have learned a lot about myself and my friends (mainly because we are such a small group). There has been lots of adventure throughout this trip and lots of excitement. We’ve done offloading in the van and have also done hiking, biking, river rafting, and rock climbing. I personally have been having the time of my life because I love the Southwest, I’ve seen places that have been on my bucket list for a long time, it’s the longest trip I’ve ever been on, and I’m with an awesome group who helps me persevere through hard times (like losing my wallet). I can’t wait to see what comes up next on our long expedition. -Levi

Looking back at the last two weeks as we are now entering day one of week three, the realization of how much we’ve done hit me. We’ve gone hiking in moab, been to chaco canyon and done a five day river trip. All of which has been exciting and had something fun around every corner. On the river the first two days went very smoothly, until on day three we got stuck on government rapid for two or three hours, and was then followed by two more days of slow drifting over sandbars and getting out to push. All of which was a lot of fun. One of my favorite things i learned was that the rapid was called government rapids a joke about how slow our government can be, as well as supposedly the place where a government official flipped their boat. The river trip overall was a lot of fun and we had a great time with our three guides and the two scientists from glen canyon. -Matthew

It is so quiet that I feel like I have gone deaf. I’m sitting under a huge sandstone overhang and the planes have ceased to rumble above it. My camera shutter fires with a sound like a thunder crack inside my skull. Then back to silence and stillness. Across from me, a Cottonwood sways with an imperceptible breeze and makes such a soft rustling that I wonder if I have imagined it. Am I even breathing? – Thoughts from inside Oljeto Canyon – Cam

This trip on the river allowed me to see how quiet and calm the South is. I got to meditate and think how I am so lucky to come out of the civilization and live differently. I loved the wind blowing all the time. I liked seeing everyone happy about what they were doing. I thank all people who made things happen. -Christa

Chaco Canyon

History is something you can tell but not hear. You can tell it for generations after generations, however, you can’t tell it. You need to carry your history. Their history, I would say. It’s a history they knew and kept for years and years. It’s a history you need to find out. You need to step where the history took place so to carry the history. I can tell you what I saw but I don’t want you to hear it. I want you to see what I saw. I learned a lot in Chaco Canyon. I carried that history. I stepped in that history.

Christa Niyeze

Southwest blog photos

Cam starts the fire with only a few strikes to the ferro rod. We don’t eat until the fire is made, as all our meals are cooked over the fire.

We spent a morning wandering deep into the “Fiery Furnace” in the the Arches National Park.

Our fearless Leader Eric scrambling the cliff to the set the top rope for rock climbing.

Christa climbs to new heights!

All of the students climbed and many of them made it all the way to the top.

Cooling off the Colorado. Nathan wins the award for most time spent in the river. Wandering way up to float back down.

Day 5 5/20

The start of a new day in the southwest, hot, but not humid. To start the day we went rock climbing on wall street utah. It was a lot a fun and challenged our entire group. We were also joined by Will, a friend of Erik’s who helped us learn about climbing and helped Erik belay. Afterwards we went to swim in the colorado just off our camp site. At night we were greeted by a lightly cloudy sky that obscured the moon just enough that it still shone brightly.


SW Trip Day 2

May 17, Day 2. What a day. There was lots of road. Nothing but road and flat lands as far as the eye could see. It was beautiful and the air was hot and dry. There were lots of good photo opportunities and I took every single one of them. The first part of the day we stopped at the geographic center point of all 50 states of the US. Later, after about 9 hours of continuous and endless driving we finally made it to our campground… or so we thought. It was a place up high in the mountains where there was lots of moose that we fortunately got to see. However it was really cold and it was not a place I was excited to stay at. At our so called campground, we were happy to finally be at our destination. We started unloading all of our gear and the park host came out to tell us that we couldn’t stay the night there. So one of our group leaders Callie knew someone who lived in Salt Lake City. So we went and crashed at his place for the night. About 20 minutes from we were at at the time. He was a nice guy and was full of energy, I was so grateful and we all thanked him immensely. Now I’m ready for another adventure.


SW Blog #1

May 16th.
Day one.
Driving, driving, and more driving. Costco, Trader Joe’s, and bathrooms along the way. Lunch at a tiny round table in the heat of nowhere. A haunted hotel full of bronze statues, stuffed grizzlies, old portraits, creaking floors, dark hallways painted green, and hundreds of nesting birds. All next to a 208 degree lake. Driving again. Car naps and car books. First camp. Catherine Creek State Park, Oregon. P
A fast burbling river, flat grass spaces, a picnic table, a fire pit, a pasture of bellowing cows across the road. A quiet evening. Morning of hot chocolate, logging trucks, and waiting for an upright and awake group. On to day two!!!
-Cameron Sinclair