What do you learn from four days in the Vermont wilderness? Here are a few quotes taken from student journal entries written on our recent Watershed Expedition:
"I overcame my fears of failing, or getting hurt, or just hating this experience. Today, when we peaked a very steep ridge, I stood at the top laughing for no reason, drenched in sweat, and it was completely amazing."
"I think I’ve become a weird sort of map leader… everyone has been calling me "mom," I really hope that’s a good thing because I’ve been trying really hard to do my best to make sure everyone is happy. I’ve come to care about these people greatly."
"Hobblebush took over. It dominates this forest. How? Why?"
"(Interpreting the forest as a group) made me think how amazing the amount of knowledge and experience we now have between these 10 people."
"I love feeling so disconnected from "society." I feel so much more connected to myself."
"The day was challenging in that we got everything very wet down to the skin. We accepted the fact and learned to enjoy it. Trucking through the woods toward our goal was all we wanted. You can’t force change, but change can force itself. Let that door swing."