These past couple of days have been pretty amazing here at the ranch. Students have been doing outstanding work diving straight into work projects, horse academics, and essays all while getting to know their fellow peers and toughing through the unpredictable Colorado weather. Students have really started to push beyond their comfort zones and it is truly amazing to watch.
Today we also went on a short hike, just beyond the ranch property on the edge of the Roosevelt National Forest. The sky was clear and the wind was sweeping wildly across the meadow. Mount Meeker in all its snow capped glory towered over the valley. We gave students the opportunity to take some silent alone time to take in the views, reflect, write, and ultimately have time to be mindful and present in the moment.
Work projects are service initiatives for the students where they get to help us out here at the ranch with cleaning, cooking, and barn work. This work project was particularly exciting down at the barn as student went on an egg hunt through our towering haystacks and hang out with some of our friendly goats. As you can see the animals are loving the attention!