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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The Group has Finished the Grand Gulch Trek!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, I’m happy to report the group is safely back in service after finishing their big wilderness expedition floating down the San Juan River and then hiking up Grand Gulch. They have just arrived in the small town of......Read More

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Off the River and Into the Grand Gulch

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family, I’ve just returned from a week in the desert and spending some time with the group. When I last left them on the slickrock rim of Grand Gulch they were all in high spirits and ready to begin their next big multi-day......Read More

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All is well on the river!

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Dear Friends and Family,   I have been receiving updates from the instructors and they say everything is going well on their river trip. I will be heading into Grand Gulch to give them a resupply in a few days so I will have more stories and......Read More

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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

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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

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Baskets I’ve made so far

Penelope, Participant

These are the baskets I’ve made over the past week. The biggest one is made from rabbit brush and willow and the two smaller ones are rabbit brush. I learned the basket weaving technique from Jeff but have found a couple books on weaving to inform......Read More

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Group Reflections at Midcourse

Instructor Team, Participant

Dear friends and family of the Colorado River Basin Semester, After five weeks of travel and learning in Colorado, we’ve had a chance to rest and reflect in the small town of Mancos, where the Rockies meet the great red rock deserts of the......Read More

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Mid-course and Moving forward to the Desert

The Instructors, Participant

Dear family and friends, Hello from Mancos, Colorado where we have been spending the last few days to slow down and reflect. We are currently at the half-way point in our course – and the students are processing quite a lot of (un)learning......Read More

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A week in Paonia

David Haffeman, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

Dear Family and Friends,  I’d like to share a little about my time visiting the group this past week in Paonia, Colorado. The previous weekend the group had just finished a stay at the Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute near Basalt, CO that......Read More