Blue Ridge Expeditions: Session 1, Update 1

By Sandy Schenck

Our Blue Ridge Expeditions kicked off to a great start this past Friday! Once all the campers arrived safely at the base camp, everyone enjoyed seeing new and familiar faces as they participated in orientation ice breakers as well as the respect circle, which involves the expeditioners being asked to make a commitment to respecting their selves as well as each other throughout their two week journey together.

Saturday was then filled with activities such as skills development, low impact camping instructions, exploratory hikes, and the importance of leaving no trace while on the trails. The fun-filled day at Reasonover then came to a close after a hearty dinner and story telling around the campfire.

After breakfast on Sunday, the expeditioners enjoyed a morning of canoeing and fly-fishing on Lake Julia followed by an exploratory hike on the preserve after lunch. They then prepared a “wild food” dinner where they collected and cooked certain tasty edibles from the forest surrounding Reasonover. After dinner, the staff gave the expeditioners several options and then the opportunity to discuss and choose where they wanted to hike on their upcoming backpacking trip!

Today’s schedule consists of planning, packing and getting ready for their first backpacking trip while setting up camp in Pisgah National Forest for the night! We are so looking forward to hearing more exciting news from the Blue Ridge Expedition trip and more updates will be coming your way!

(Remember to check your CampIn Touch page for photos. Some will be uploaded later today.)