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Colorado River Basin Semester, Rio Grande Semester - Group A, Rio Grande Semester - Group B

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A Note on Social Media

Dragons Team, Dragons Admin

Dear Spring 2021 Travelers, Your program is just around the corner and we’re sure you’re as excited as we are to see how the semester unfolds! While we understand that you’re likely anxious to meet your traveling companions right away, we have......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester, Rio Grande Semester - Group A, Rio Grande Semester - Group B

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Welcome to the Yak Board!

Dragons Team, Dragons Admin

Dear Spring 2021 Students and Families, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course’s Yak Board! You can think of your course’s Yak Board as a online group journal and virtual bulletin board. Pre-course: you will use the Yak Board to......Read More

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Connecting to the Rio (plus photos!)

Zack Siddall, Instructor

Yak of the Week

The Rio Grande’s presence and influence has only grown as we have navigated these past ~70 days. On our first trek in the mountains of Colorado we jumped over streams and crossed creeks that would flow down to form the mighty Rio. The first time we actually saw the Rio Grande was so anticlimactic that it’s quite humorous looking back now. While crossing over the river on a bridge in Alamosa, CO a cop car came roaring up behind us with lights and sirens blaring. Assuming we were getting pulled over we nervously pulled into a nearby parking lot only… Read More

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An Afternoon in “International” Waters

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Photos from a beautiful day on the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, looking across the water to Coahuila, Mexico. We’re excited to head out for three days on the water starting today floating through the Santa Elena Canyon! Beginning our......Read More

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Be Safe, Go Slow.

Aaron, Dragons Admin

We often say that a common disconnect in returning home is that the traveler can feel so different inside, filled with new experiences and perspectives, but their old surroundings still seem the same. You may find that just as you have changed, so......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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Group in route to Buena Vista!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hi Everyone, The group successfully finished their trek last night and camped at the trailhead located about 2 hours from the nearest town of Saguache, CO. After only being available via SAT phone this past week, they returned to phone service this......Read More

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Boulder time and trekking updates

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Family and Friends, The group is now making their way by foot through the La Garita Wilderness area, near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.  We have been receiving satellite phone updates from the instructors as they make their way over......Read More

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And they’re off!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

And like that, the group is off for the start of the Rio Grande Semester! It was a smooth travel day to Denver/Boulder, which allowed the group to load up their 2 vehicles on time and head to the mountains at 3:30pm MST for their group orientation.......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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Important Arrival Instructions

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Rio Grande Semester Students, Wow, just a few more days before we’re all together in Colorado! We’re writing to let you know the plan for your arrival at Denver International Airport and the Dragons shuttle runs we will be running to......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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Instructor Introduction: Meet Kevin!

Kevin Witkow, Instructor

Hello! For all of us, these are strange times. Unexpectedly joining a new program, writing introductory notes, and diving into preparations and planning are all exciting challenges, and in a funny way these tasks have normalized these past weeks for......Read More

Rio Grande Semester

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A Few Pre-Course Tasks

Instructor Team, Instructor

PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENTS 1.) Please introduce yourself here on our Yak Board. Our Yak Board is like a group journal. Throughout the course each of us will be posting regular reflections, photos and updates for our friends and families back home. Then......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Reminder: Pre-Arrival Health Screening Form

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Please remember to complete your Pre-Arrival COVID Health Screening form [link shared to your email] today or tomorrow morning. You need to submit this form before your arrival tomorrow and it should only take a few minutes to complete. Also,......Read More