Saturday morning cartoons were pushed aside this past weekend as ELK kids and families instead awoke bright and early for a fun packed day of fishing, BBQ and educational activities on the picture perfect banks of Colorado’s Lake Lehow. May 18th, 2013 marked ELK’s 10th annual Cast a Line event and between the beautiful weather and even better company, it’s safe to say that things truly do get better with age. Every child who attended was presented with their very own fishing pole to keep, some for which this became the very first fishing pole they would ever own. It’s hard to put into words, the feelings of joy and excitement that balloon and fill the air when watching a young person connect with nature, or reel in a fish for the first time- thankfully we made sure to take lots of photos!
In between moving from novice to pro fishermen (and women), attendees were given the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of environmental plants and animals, taught by none other than ELK’s own student leaders. Did you know that Colorado’s state fish is the greenback cutthroat trout? Or that dragonfly larvae are aquatic bugs before they can fly? It’s safe to say that every person who went by ELK’s Senior Deztani Sandoval’s “Fish of Colorado” station won’t soon forget!
Lunchtime came quickly with a treat beyond even the ever-yummy Bennet’s BBQ; Senator Udall dropped in to get a taste of the day’s festivities! ELK youth and families listened intently as the outdoorsman Senator spoke candidly about the importance of introducing young people at an early age to the incredible wonders of the natural environment, and the high need for invested stewards dedicated to preserving it. We are more than confident that our ELK youth heard him loud and clear!
With more than 150 roaring-to-fish attendees, it’s safe to that this year’s Cast a Line event was a huge success. Special thanks go out to our incredibly generous sponsors Wal-Mart and Gilmore Construction, our always willing to help volunteers and Board of Directors, Senator Udall, our many wonderful supporters, and most of all to our ELK students and families for whom which without, ELK would have no reason to exist.