These past few days have been flying by at high speed as we wrap up our final days with the Santa Clarita crew here in the Rockies.
We started the week off right with a tour at one of our local colleges, University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Students got a little taste of college life seeing the student recreational center, a residence hall, and of course the college cafeteria. An all you can eat buffet was just what the students needed to put them in a good mood.
Meanwhile, at the ranch, the snowfall was just beginning to taper and the sun peaking out. When the students returned from college we made snow angels and snow men; we laughed and played and soaked up this beautiful memory to last a lifetime. This was the first time many students had seen snow and the excitement was unprecedented.
The next morning we made our way to the historic Stanley Hotel for a spooktacular haunted tour. On the tour we learned about the origins of the Stanley and of course all about how inspired Stephen King’s, The Shining. Students were stoked to take pictures in front of the Room 217, considered a hotbed of paranormal activity. Following the Stanley tour, we had a very nice lunch on the lake park with a perfect view of the surrounding Estes mountains.
We finished the evening with our poetry slam and I must say this slam poetry session was particularly lively. It takes a lot of courage to perform a poem in front of people but everyone got up on stage and gave it there best and it was truly amazing! Laughter, singing, and heartfelt stories filled the room that evening and it brought the students closer to their peers.
This past week has been quite unique and I’m sure that these next few days will be even better as this session comes to a close. We will miss everyone who joined us this session and we are looking forward to ending the week with a bang! Here are some more cool pictures from the last few days!