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Seeing things differently

Life at Shadowcliff continued at a steady pace over the last few days. After a 7:30 ┬ábreakfast we muster for a morning activity at 8:45, followed by lunch, then an afternoon activity. While the days seem packed there are always … Continue reading

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Video: Water Testing with GCWIN

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Who owns water?

Day 1 comes to a close in Estes Park, CO, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Tomorrow we explore the park and meet the Shadowcliff staff with whom we will work for the next three days. But today we began … Continue reading

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See you soon!

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. When I’m a few days away from a trip that I’m really excited about I engage in what some may call “nervous packing.” On the one hand it’s a practical pre-trip ritual. … Continue reading

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Journal excerpts: Writing

While we were a bit prescriptive about the sketching process, our journaling time was wide open. Some kids wrote observational pieces. Some took notes as if the landscape were a textbook, lecture, or whiteboard. Some wrote poetry. Below you will … Continue reading

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Journal excerpts: Drawing and sketching

The practice of sketching is the practice of seeing. When we draw we are tempted to draw what our mind thinks a thing should look like, not how it actually looks. To counteract this tendency we follow a process of study … Continue reading

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Back in Denver, 8:15pm

We’re back in Denver, safe and sound. Expect updates, reflections, and some journal samples tomorrow morning.

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Course Update: Agriculture in the West: Past and Present

In days prior, we explored the use of water for recreation, for hydroelectric power, and as an ecological linchpin for wildlife. Throughout those days we made frequent mention of a vague term–irrigation. We often hear that the majority of western … Continue reading

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Course Update: Down the River

As we continue moving down the Colorado River watershed, we take moments to think back to our time in Grand Lake. It seems like an entirely different trip. Likewise, setting up camp in Cortez, CO this evening, it seems like a … Continue reading

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A chance encounter

Green River,7:45am: We don’t meet our rafting guides until 10:30am, so it’s a lazy morning at the Super 8 Green River. Clark stayed up late updating the blog and prepping for our put-in tomorrow, so I got up “early” to … Continue reading

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