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Thank you <3

Cameron Kuck, Participant

Sorry for my lack of yaks throughout the course, I’ve been busy hiking and farming and being too lazy to write. I thought that maybe I should write something sweet before this is all over. This has been one hell of a trip… We’ve hiked more......Read More

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Students on their way

Instructor Team, Participant

We just dropped off Mare, Rachel, David, Charlotte, Sage, Lorelei and Cam off at the Dallas Ft Worth International Airport and then Isa at her house in Ft Worth. Mateo will make the long drive with us over to Albuquerque. The students all have their......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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Building relationships in the time of Covid

Kevin, Participant

Dear Readers, Greetings from Big Bend! As the course comes to a close, I wanted to get my voice up here on the Yak board and share a bit from my experience of this program to the readers frequenting this space. Yak boards are meant for reflection,......Read More

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The Chisos Mountains

Mare, Participant

Yak of the Week

I believe today is Day 63, but I could be wrong. We’re an hour outside of Big Bend National Park and two and a half hours away from any real town. There is nothing but desert around us. Well, not just desert. After an hour’s drive and a......Read More

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Bookin’ it to Big Bend

RGS Crew, Participant

We’re Texas bound! For these final two weeks we’ll spend our time in the Big Bend National and State Parks. The students are taking the lead on the planning of our time here. They’ve got some great hikes and lessons/guest speakers lined up for......Read More

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Silence of the Lambs

Isabella, Participant

The time is 2pm and Lorelei and I are currently preparing an oregano lamb rub. Once we are finished, we will bring it to our firepit and lather it on the lamb which we just skinned this morning. This is the first time I have fully prepared the meat......Read More

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Zoom with former Acting Director of ICE

RGS Crew, Participant

With the Rio Grande flowing behind us on Freshies Farm we were given the amazing opportunity to chat with former Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Obama administration John Sandweg. While there were very......Read More

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Semillas

Zack, Participant

My friend Armando Lopez runs a reforestation nonprofit called the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, Guatemala. We often bring Dragons groups to his farm to learn about the work he and his family are doing to preserve the forests of......Read More

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First Day at Freshie’s

Isabella, Participant

Hello from Freshie’s Farm! This morning I woke up to the crisp smell of a cold sun rise. It felt like a dream when I unzipped my frosty tent in the middle of the orchard. Our host, Chris and Taylor Bassett and their two kids Luna and Beau, have so......Read More

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Earth Mountain Excursions

Isabella, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hi y’all! Isabella here coming to you from New Mexico. Yesterday we left the snowy land of Colorado to a SLIGHTLY less snowy area outside of Las Vegas. VEGAS BABY. We are planning on gambling all our food budget this week. Jokes, jokes. There is......Read More

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Happy Halloween!

RGS Crew, Participant

Happy Halloween from Freshies Farm in Velarde, New Mexico! We arrived here this morning and are excited to spend the next week learning about the ins and outs of the farm and the local area. Here are a few photos from our pumpkin carving adventures......Read More

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yurt go hard: a story of resilience

Mae, Participant

Hello outside world! It’s about time I did one of these. A few days ago we were snowed into a yurt on an educational permaculture farm. Is that not the most niche thing you have ever heard? I personally was not expecting to wake up at five in......Read More

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Farewell to Earth Mountain

Instructor Team, Participant

One of my favorite parts of leading courses with Dragons is our faith in a flexible itinerary. The belief that opportunities for greater depth and learning sometimes arise spontaneously and should not be sacrificed in the name of a more rigid plan......Read More