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Photos from the San Juan and grand gulch

The instructors, Participant

A few photos from our last expedition… As we start to head south into Arizona, we have been thinking about how grateful we are for the last few weeks of quiet and reflection in these desert canyons. Our time in Utah has been brief, but our......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Weather Reports: A collection of thoughts from...

Bailey Walker, Participant

Yak of the Week

The thing that haunts me are the handprints. Small, white, they stick on sandstone walls, their owners reaching out from within. Within a different time and space, yet their hands remain, painted onto the landscape, dry on my own hands as I paddle......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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reflections on wildfire

Penelope, Participant

I would be lying if I said it was the first time I saw a mountainside marked in gold a forest full of birdsong reduced to a memory in its place are its blackened remnants I cant count on my fingers how many times I’ve seen the sun rise red or......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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This Sacred Land

Penelope, Participant

Every crevice of this canyon is a ruin of a life once lived. Lives lived in sacred agreements to this land and all that tread across it. The visible ruins of those people are merely a shell of their being, as is a body a shell to one’s person.......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Ash– a reflection on recent news.

kate, Participant

Yak of the Week

On one of our last nights in Grand Gulch, Jeff and Keshet gave us some devastating news from the outside world (received by their sat phone). The North Inlet of Rocky Mountain National Park has been burning since October 14th. The beautiful, diverse......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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How to find water in the desert

Samantha Bateman, Participant

How to find water in the desert To find water in the desert, Surrender yourself and run, Braids swinging at your back. Surrender to the cool damp air, To the willows brushing between your legs, To the tamarisk tangled in your hair. Let your knees......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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My Power

Annabelle Wyman, Participant

There is power in my boots My feet leave a trail for others to follow But will they care for this place as I have tried to?   I have walked where others have been and I have seen how they left it Their boots leave a trail that all can follow......Read More

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West Spanish Peak

Maddie Melton, Participant

Yak of the Week

The Spanish Peaks rise above the desert of southern Colorado, southeast of the rolling Sangre de Cristo range we’ve been circling the past few weeks from our trek in the Rio Grande National Forest, to our time at Mission Wolf, and out to the sand......Read More

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Midcourse

RGS Crew, Participant

Greetings from Earth Mountain Educational Farm! Hard to believe that we’ve already passed the mid point of our course. It’s gone by so fast. We came here to the farm last week to facilitate a few days of reflections and goal setting as part of......Read More

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The White Van

David Hooper, Participant

Between the fights over the music and Kevin driving too slowly the car rides are interesting to say the least. The terrain and environment around us is largely calm and still. Grand mountains bordering desert, rocks, and trees dominate our line of......Read More

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Desert Hack

Mare, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello, We’ve been chasing the sun the last few days. The winter winds clip close at our heels and bites at my fingertips every morning when I sit to thaw by the fire. It’s a blessing when the sun peaks over the soft heads of the Sangre......Read More

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Hello from Lorelei and Rachel!

Lorelei & Rachel, Participant

Hello from Lorelei and Rachel; we are enemies. We are currently at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. This is our third day of our practice X-phase, where the students take initiative to plan and execute this section of our program.......Read More

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Charlotte & Sage’s super fun wolf time...

Charlotte & Sage, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hey everyone! Sage and Charlotte here. We just concluded our stay here at Mission:Wolf. It’s been an incredible 10 days filled with lots of fencing and landscape work, immigration and political discussions, movie nights and sunset hacky sack......Read More

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Wrapping up our Mission Wolf Time

RGS Crew, Participant

We’re nearing the end of our time here at Mission Wolf. Our mornings have been filled with work projects around the sanctuary while our afternoons have focused on instructor and student led lessons. Here are some photos from our visit to Tracy’s......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connection Through Disconnection

Audrey Smallman, Participant

Yak of the Week

I haven’t read the news in over a month. As someone who ordinarily spends hours a day reading stories from any source I can get my hands on, I was nervous to step away from this habit that I believed connected me to others. But, unexpectedly,......Read More

Colorado River Basin Semester

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Connecting with the Land

Annabelle, Participant

Yak of the Week

Over the past four weeks on this course, we have discussed the tumultuous state of the Colorado River Basin. We have examined the area through many different lenses — small farmers, large farmers, small town, city, etc. — the most......Read More