Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6 hike Photos

Somewhere around 9 to 11 people came out on a beautiful autumn day to follow a pleasant road through our beautiful county (a little off of Embargo Creek road).  It was a gentle, yet exercise-inducing walk among low-country pines scattered along some nice rolling countryside.   

ready to go


moving ahead

elegant Ponderosa pine

A little up, then...

the group goes down.

Next hike is gentle, woodsy, and relatively brief, looking for Culturally Modified Trees (by Ute people), preparing for a summer 4-day camp
for Ute Youths.  We will leave the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.  The hiking is fairly gentle, in the woods, and maybe with a side trip, if time allows.
This will be on and near the Youth Camp just south of South Fork.  This is Forest Service land. The camp facilities will be our starting point.  Several of us in South Fork are working with the three Ute tribes to develop and "teach" tribal kids (and usually several adults) to get them better acquainted with their tribal life-ways, trees, and skills.  It's also fun to watch the kids enjoy their outdoor experiences.  They will sleep and eat at the camp (assuming that all the arrangements get made).  
Judy and I have had the opportunity to work with this program for the past 3 summers, in a camp in the Black Forest near Colorado Springs.  The event will be in the first week in August.  Perhaps some of you would be interested in observing the activities in August.
— Doug Knudson

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