We can’t believe it’s our last day in Boulder!  No words can describe the ridiculous, captivating, and loving memories we’ve shared. This week has been the best of all our lives, and today was the cherry on top.

Photo by student Emily.

Photo by student Emily.

Yesterday, we had an early breakfast on the lawn before heading out to Gregory Canyon where we met up with guides from Denver Mountain Guiding. We headed out on a quarter mile hike to our climbing location, a beautiful red rock wall with a series of four different climbing lines for us to sink our hands into and challenge our skills on.  Check out a video of our adventures!

“I’ve never tried real rock climbing before. After doing it today, I fell in love with it. At first, I was really uncomfortable. But once I got to the top of the first climb, I was so happy and ready for more. The guides were saying the places where you could put your feet were, even though small, doable, but I didn’t think that was true. After my second climb, I finally got what they were saying because rock climbing is as much mental as physical.” – Juliana

The big wall at Gregory Canyon.

The big wall at Gregory Canyon.

After about four hours of intensive fun and fear-conquering, we called it a day, and headed back to the wonderful green fields of campus.  We reviewed our Humans of Boulder presentation, and gave constructive feedback on photos and quotes for each slide. After that, we began working on and finalizing our capstone projects.

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After completing our Capstone projects, we were honored to get a chance to talk with Alan Pope, a National Geographic glaciologist who talked to us about remote scanning and other techniques used to measure the effects of global warming on glaciers. Following the lecture we watched the documentary Chasing Ice. It was a wonderful day, packed with character-building moments and insightful discussions about not only the wonders of the natural world, but what we can do to make sure our children and our children’s children have the same opportunities to enjoy this pale blue dot that we do.

To start off our last day, we had a chance to relax at a local swimming hole along Boulder Creek.

Photo by trip leader Jesse Stansfield.

Photo by trip leader Jesse Stansfield.

Photo by trip leader Jesse Stansfield.

Photo by trip leader Jesse Stansfield.

Enjoying the rope swing over Boulder Creek.

Enjoying the rope swing over Boulder Creek.

After the creek, we presented our Capstone Projects to each other, sharing our world visions. Every person in the group has tons of potential, and hopefully we can all change the world and make it a better place for many generations to come. After, we celebrated by eating in downtown Boulder one last time, and also celebrated in the American way, watching 4th of July fireworks on the CU Boulder campus football field, and bonded under the night sky. This week was unforgettable, and we’re all emotional about the separation of our little family.

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