MT. PLEASANT — Each spring the Wasatch Academy (WA) junior class floats down the Green River, through Desolation and Gray Canyons, for a four-day river trip in the canyon wilderness of central Utah.
The students leave the distractions of technology, classes and routine to bond with classmates and embrace a new role as next year’s leaders in the community. Additionally, the trip gives students a chance to refresh their minds and spirits before their final week of the school year.
The weather during the river trip included beautiful spring temperatures and a bit of wind and rain. Even with these weather challenges, students maintained a very positive and upbeat attitude.
The faculty, staff and river guides were all impressed with how well the students handled themselves. The students did a great job learning how to stay safe and warm in the wilderness.
Indeed, faculty and staff reported that the students who were the most reluctant on the first day of the trip were the same students who said, “this river trip is my favorite experience since coming to Wasatch!”
The trip gave students the chance to get to know new classmates, gain self-confidence from learning outdoor skills, appreciate the gorgeous landscape in Utah and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Green River.
Sometimes the experiences that seem the most challenging to students at first are the memories that stay with students the longest. Like the student who rowed a boat seven miles down the river by herself and now wants to be a river guide and learn more rafting skills.