Seriously! Go from the top of a snow covered mountain covered in powder then down to clear running water for some fishing. That’s the great thing about the Grand Tetons and Grand Teton National Park.
One of our fearless leaders decided to jump into the snow during this past summer’s tour of Yellowstone National Park. The adventurers got a real kick out of the idea and a couple made snow angels afterwards.
After that chilly experience, the teens were warmed to the idea of seeing Old Faithful and learning about the area.
One of the best parts was the sunny kayaking session in the park with everyone else and waving our honorary U.S. flag to show a bit of spirit for the beautiful national park.
This was coupled with leadership lessons and survival skills really made the trip feel more important than most. Trust exercises and real-life survival skills were just part of the experience that helped teach teens that they actually have more control over their lives than they believed.
After the chilly trek and fantastic 13,771 foot climb to the summit where the adventurers proudly displayed the U.S. flag and the Wilderness Ventures banner to signify the great thing they just accomplished.
The leadership portion included group leaders motivating those who may have gotten tired or felt like giving up. They really needed to band together when the cold and the height got too much for some people.
Grand Teton basically had everything, which is why it’s been a staple for the last four decades.
Another new batch of eager teenagers showed up at the airport this week and were greeted by Mike and Helen Cottingham. They are getting ready for one of the most fun and oldest trips that Wilderness Ventures offers.
The meet and greets were over just in time and the first outdoor adventure in Grand Teton National Park for a hike wearing the new Wilderness Ventures shirts to look like a team while everyone gets to know each other.
The Grand Teton adventure is one of the oldest and most popular trips. It is the perfect illustration of the full experience of the outdoor education at Wilderness Ventures. Take a look at the video as the students and leaders go through the whole process.
This summer is a perfect time for families with children eight yeas old and older to get out into nature and away from all the gadgets that preoccupy everyone’s time.
Wilderness Ventures has everything planned for a great family trip. Groups meet up at Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then spend six days traveling through the parks together. Days will be spent hiking, kayaking, wildlife viewing in the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, rafting and top off the trip with a bike ride through paths along the Grand Teton area.
These trips are more than the beautiful sites and new skills. They are about shared experiences. Families who stick together and have shared memories from vacations together are more likely to do more. Trips like these could even become a family tradition.
So happy Father’s Day and may everyone be able to get out there and share a bit of nature with the best guys they know.