Star Talk

I love the stars! I love looking at them and talking about them with my friends. One of the remarkable things I got to see on this trip was the Ranger talk about stars. This lecture was no joke. We met outside one of the visitors centers for a quick briefing about what was going to go on during the talk. The ranger passed out star charts and flashlights . . .  read more

Drive, day 2

Woke up to a noisy alarm and jumped into the shower. We all meandered down stairs to eat breakfast in the hotel lobby. After some hot coffee, we all packed back into the van and set out toward our destination, the Grand Canyon. After driving for a bit, we pulled into the Petrified Forest National Park. If you have not been there, let me say that . . .  read more

Just 5 More Minutes…

With Spring Break behind us, there is a crippling realization for a lot of college students: our sleep schedule is in shambles and we are barely making it to class on time, much less fully prepared. How do we get our sleep schedules back to perfection? It will take a little planning and dedication to get your body’s internal clock to reset. It . . .  read more

Drive, day 1

We all met at UCO around 7:30 a.m., loaded our stuff into the state of the art vehicle, and got onto 1-40 highway toward New Mexico. State of the art is a sarcastic way to say that we piled into a brown, much used vehicle that was missing several air vent covers. We were all told that the “guy” had sworn that the van was in tip top shape. . . .  read more

Keep Calm & Snack On!

Everyone can say that they have had a craving for something between meals every now and then! It can be a sweet, savory, crunchy, or even something to drink that puts you in the mood to look into the cabinets and refrigerator for a between meal munch. It is easy to grab a donut or chips , but we all know those are not healthy and many of us regret . . .  read more

Overall Experience

Overall, I had a fantastic spring break!  This was something that was definitely out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be more happy I was given the opportunity to go. I was skeptical at first spending 9 days with complete strangers but it turned out to be one of the greatest adventures!  I loved how appreciative and thankful all of the Grand . . .  read more

Fire Program

We worked with the fire program at the Grand Canyon and learned all about prescribed fires and some of the rules and regulations associated with it.  I had no idea the amount of work people put into actually setting fires to lessen the risk of fires!  Throughout the week our team followed a group of firefighters with chainsaws and dragged brush . . .  read more

Hiking Adventures

Hiking at the Grand Canyon is definitely a sight to see.  It was super windy but the view was worth it!  We hiked the Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail.

A Job Well Done

We started the day off with our morning book reflection. Some were impressed by the author’s continued passion for the outdoors. Others believe he became renowned for avoidable mistakes. All in all, the book was an interesting read. Our 1st stop for the day was our last visit to the YMCA-Wabash for the trip. We were well received and . . .  read more

Insomnia Part 2 (Rated M for Mmmm!)

On Monday through Wednesday, the nine of us were very invested with working at the Wabash YMCA, working every second because we wanted to make sure that closets were organized and clean, and that other duties were handled. Deante and the YMCA staff was very impressed with our dedication and saw that we were very ahead of schedule. They told us that . . .  read more