The Reward of Long Courses

‘Hey! All you’ve done today is follow us around and say, ‘What do you think?’’

My students just realized that they had been hiking in the wrong direction for the last few hours, and they were pissed. It was mid-afternoon and there was no way that they would reach their intended campsite before dark. As their Instructors, we had been following them all day, just out of sight but never out of earshot. They quarreled for a few minutes before turning on us.”

An article on 22-Day courses for the OB USA Blog:

Why Are Long Courses So Rewarding?

Rocky Soil: My Gap Year

“I cracked under the pressure to get straight A’s in as many honors and AP classes as possible. I cracked under the pressure to have meaningful summer experiences to write college entrance essays about. I cracked under the pressure to serve my community, be a good friend/daughter/sister, make some money and be thin and attractive. I cracked trying to be the best at all of my many extracurricular activities so I could show colleges I was both well-rounded and exceptional. I cracked trying to balance all that while simultaneously experimenting with all the world had to offer, while trying to discover who I was and who I wanted to be. Plus, hormones.” Continue reading

Eric and Parker and Ella Talk About Things and Stuff

I’m on a podcast!

Ten years after learning how to cut onions together in home ec, Eric wrote me an email asking if I would be willing to be on their podcast! Eric and Parker Talk About Things and Stuff! We had a great conversation about New Zealand, Outward Bound, Ben and Jerry’s, and dad humor. I laughed A LOT. Maybe an annoying amount… sorry I’m not sorry. Hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed recording it! Continue reading

This Is Living

A year ago, and a year after I started working for the Colorado Outward Bound School, I wrote this article for the COBS blog. I am about to embark on my third summer season at the school, this time as a lead instructor. It’s a position to which I have aspired since first starting here as an intern. It’s scary and exciting and… let’s just say I’m feeling reflective. Continue reading