ELK exploring SW Colorado at the Ute Mt. Ute Ruins
We woke up this morning in Towaoc, Colorado on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation to rain showers. The Sleeping Ute mountain range is covered in mist and low-hanging clouds. This is the fourth day of our nine-day adventure. Twenty-eight ELK kids, one family, and staff make up our group. We are headed to Arizona this morning to camp for the rest of our trip. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lees Ferry is our destination today. Teaching kids about science, careers, and leadership is closely intertwined with teaching them about LIFE! We had a girls night last night – sitting together, eating popcorn, talking about life and how we want to be perceived. Independent, caring, funny, in control were just of few of the adjectives the young women used to describe themselves. I would add brave. Brave to go along on a nine-day trip with new people, new places, and the unknown. Yesterday we went on a hike in the tribal ruins of the Ute Mountain Ute and kids had to overcome their fears by climbing down a 15 foot ladder into the ruins. Support, love, and patience exuded from the group. We are here for each other and with that support these ELK kids will move mountains or at least be able to teach someone else a little about the mountain.