ELK takes its fourth annual Southwest Colorado adventure

(from Kim, ELK’s Education Director)

Eight long hours in a 15 passenger van, and we finally pull into the Williams Creek cabin on Wednesday evening. Just enough time to make salad, spaghetti, and garlic bread, have a little opening ceremony and unload all gear. After all that we were all ready for bed, well just about all of us. A few brave souls ventured out for a night hike, traveling by the light of the stars and moon.

Thursday morning, bright and early was the wake up call. We were heading to Capote Lake to teach a fishing clinic to the youth on the Southern Ute Reservation. It was a great day of many cultural exchanges, laughs, and fish! One of ELK’s youth, who happens to be a Hutton Jr. Fisheries Biology Scholar, was able to put his teaching skills to great use. After a great day on the lake, we headed to soak in the mineral hot springs in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This was a first-time experience for many of the ELK youth. The youth really worked up an appetite swimming and soaking in the the hot springs, so pizza sounded like a great idea. After 4 large pizzas, we headed back to the cabin with 24 happy campers. We all hit the hay and were ready for a great trip to Towac, Colorado the next morning.