September 25, 2019
This past week our minds have been full of academics and adventures to come. Anticipation for the sandy canyons and roaring waters is building as we approach our leaving date. We have been working to prepare our boats, bodies, and minds. Much of our time has been spent on our Big Jobs: each of us is trying to catch up with our ever-expanding list of tasks to finish before we leave.
Recently we travelled with Jo and Misha, two of our leaders and teachers, to the Bellows Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant. We drove to the widest part of the Connecticut River. Diving into the waters at around 10:00 a.m, we swam to the beach leading to the treatment plant. After a very interesting and smelly visit we walked into the town of Bellows Falls. As we approached the center of town we noticed our odd "uniforms" of dirty clothes and socks with sandals! Following a map, we soon found ourselves at the top of sloping granite: the site of petroglyphs made by indigenous people hundreds of years ago!
|Learning about wastewater treatment in Bellows Falls|
|Crossing the bridge over the Connecticut|
|Exploring the Petroglyphs|
Family weekend was very fun and we thank you all for joining us. This weekend we took 52 people rafting down the West River and raised nearly $2600 for the Capital Campaign! Before families and friends arrived, semester students paddled the upper part of the West River where the dam was being released. There we had a chance to watch the waters grow and have a short class with Misha about the inner workings of dams. Paddling down the large rapids, we prepared to guide rafts. It was very new and exciting. Paddling such a large boat with many other people on it was an amazing experience that helped us understand how to steer our own boats better.
As the week continues, we are tying up loose ends at Kroka base camp. The anticipation and excited energy continues to rise. We are packing more than 1000 pounds of food! The trailer is being loaded with canoes... Our paddling journey will take us through Utah, Wyoming and Colorado for a total of 1,160 kilometers on the river. We want to thank you all for your many contributions and hope everyone who visited had a good weekend with us.
|Rio: Logistics Manager at work|
|Alice: Navigator reviews maps of the Green River with Misha and Rio|
|Kai works to complete his knife sheath|
|The group heads out on a morning swim across the CT river!|