Thursday, October 11, 2012

This past weekend 8 SUU faculty adventured to Pipe Springs National Monument and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon's Toroweap campground and viewpoint.  A 60 mile primitive road, notorious for flat tires, leads you to the end of the Colorado Plateau looking down 3000 feet to the Colorado River.  On this trip we had two flat tires - one tire was shredded, the other we fixed with a plug kit and an air compressor - just enough to make the route feel adventurous.  We enjoyed fiddle music in Pipe Spring's garden, ate grapes from a pioneer vineyard,  hiked, viewed petroglyphs,ate dutch oven lasagna, got to know one another, and slept out under the stars.  More importantly we talked about how to get more students, classes, faculty, and staff into the outdoors to learn and be inspired.  It was motivating to discuss learning and the landscape from many different perspectives:  Randall Viollett taught us about range, Jon Smith taught us how to be subjects for a SUU news clip, Shohba Gurung talked about her work in sociology, Ellen Treanor shared with us some PR secrets, Emily Dean shared her knowledge of ancient life, Anne Smith shared her expertise on outdoor recreation, and Johnny MacLean interpreted the geology for us.  The learning was informal, but memorable.

 -Briget Eastep (faculty retreat organizer)  

Check out the link below for a look at the weekend adventure:

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