Journal Challenge: Day 17

Day 17: Your Favorite Memory

30 Day Journal Writing Challenge

**I apologize for the delay of this post. I thought I scheduled it but alas I did not.

Now, this is kind of unfair because can you really have just one favorite memory?

I have to say one of my favorite memories would have to be my Junior River Trip in high school. Now I know I’ve talked about this river trip before so I’m just going to give a little blurb about it again and if you want to know a little more I’m going to send you to this post about heading back to high school and how Adventure Education changed my high school experience.

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I’m dropping this photo in here again because it sums up what happened on the Green River in April of 2014 when 18 Middle Park High School juniors came together to have a wonderful week of rafting. Lots of love, friendship and discovering ourselves.

One of the major highlights of this trip was my boat group. Each boat had six students and we had to work together to accomplish so many things while on the river. My boat group, Hozhooji, was so hard working but also so fun loving and we had the best time. We laughed, we played games and we genuinely got to know each other better even though we spent three years in the same classes and playing on the same sports teams.

One part in particular, which is also depicted in the picture above, was the blind rapid exercise. It might be hard to tell but if you look at the picture closely you can see each and every one of us is blindfolded. We had to navigate as a team (with the aid of our boat captain who was not blindfolded – safety was a priority I promise) back to our boats, push off from the shore and navigate through a rapid with only our sense of touch and listening to our captain and teammates.

It was a scary exercise, though now as a staff member about to embark on the same trip, I know why it’s important to test the kids and their trust in you as a staff member and all the other students that you rely on in your boat group. Building trust is a huge theme for the Adventure Education programs and it truly changes your perspective on some of your classmates and even some of your relationships with your teachers.

Of course, there will be more information about this trip in May so stay tuned.

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