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Rio Grande Semester – Group B

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New political awareness from the coolest...

Elle Morris-Benedict, Participant

Picture of the Week

Our departure from the surreal hospitality from our hosts Marty, Ralph, his two sisters and our home in El Paso was difficult, yet exciting to begin the next leg of our journey. We met up with Angel Peña and a few of his friends who help him run a local nonprofit; Nuestra Tierra, which focuses on giving a platform for overlooked communities to voice their concerns on land conservation. We explored natural hot springs along the Gila river and took in his extensive knowledge on archaeology, even finding thousand year old ceramic shards within a fifteen minute walk of our… Read More

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Saying Goodbye to Texas and Headed West

The Instructors, Instructor

After a week on the farm here in Socorro, just outside of El Paso, the time has come to pack up the trailer and hit the road again. From the comfort of our beautiful 19th-century hacienda (courtesy of our hosts Ralph and Marty), this week gave us a......Read More

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Epic Double Birthday Bash

Willow, Participant

Yesterday was probably one of the best birthdays I have experienced in my now 19 years of life.  Elle and I have birthdays one day apart. Mine is on the 17th and Elle’s is on the 18th, so we decided to have a joint birthday party. You may......Read More

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Moby Dick

Celie, Participant

Yak of the Week

I woke up on Thursday morning in time to see the sun rising between the walls of Boquillas Canyon. “Our energy on this boat trip is finna be real chaotic” – Willow After breakfast Willow and I packed up our stuff and loaded it into our......Read More

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Group Update: Boots to Paddles

Instructor Team, Instructor

We just completed a rewarding overnight backpacking trip in Big Bend National Park, completing a loop around the canyon. We experienced many different microbiomes, all the varied terrain of the park, as well as stunning vistas of the Rio Grande, the......Read More

Rio Grande Semester - Group B

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A Word From Our Host

Serena, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello from sunny Terlingua, Texas, the ancestral home of the Chisos (Chizo) Tribe, as well as the Mescalero Apache and the Comanche. I wanted to take a minute to just be thankful for the land we’ve gotten to explore these past few days, and......Read More

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Yak attack at da Laundry mat

Willow, Natalie, and Elle, Participant

Yak of the Week

Willow Nat and Elle here! Currently we are sitting outside of the laundry mat interlingual Texas. We just finished our first trek through big bend national park and we are in our layover day between the backpacking and our upcoming river trip.......Read More

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Yaking about backpacking

Nate, Participant

One word I would use to describe myself right now is lively. Hiking 6 miles straight up a mountain is something I have never done before. Between hours of scaling switchbacks in the dry desert air and surviving off of peanut butter and fruit snacks,......Read More

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Ocotillos, Fajitas, and Hikes

Aaron, Dragons Admin

We continue to receive positive reports from the group campsite in Big Bend. Over the past days, they’ve gone on hikes in Big Bend State Park to explore desert washes, ocotillos, and the lunar landscapes. At camp, the fajita night was a big......Read More

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A cold dip in the Rio!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

The RGS-B orientation is off to a great start in Big Bend! A few especially brave and hearty souls even dipped into the very cold Rio Grande waters adjacent to their campsite and just a short & cold swim to Mexico! The group does not have......Read More

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The Group Is Finally Together!

The Instructors, Participant

The group has arrived in El Paso safe and sound, if just a little tired from the day of travel. We’ll be heading to our campsite for an overnight en route to Big Bend, Texas to begin our orientation! We’re so excited to begin this time together....Read More

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Hi

Charlie, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Charlie and I am very excited for our adventure together in the Southwest! I enjoy spending time with my hilarious puppy, Frida, who has tons of energy. I also love to travel and eat dark chocolate. I’m eager to learn more......Read More

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Hello!

Josephine, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Josephine! A little bit about me: my pronouns are she/her, I’m from New Jersey, I have a cat (who I made sure to include in my photo), and I love reading, listening to music, coffee, and nature. I spent the first half of......Read More

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Willow, Participant

Hi everyone! I’m hype to meet y’all. Currently I am in New Orleans making my way to El Paso from Brooklyn, New York. I love hiking and take long hiking trips often but I am really excited to explore a new part of the country and make some great......Read More

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hi

Celie, Participant

Hey guys, my name is Celie, which is pronounced like the mattress (Sealy). I’m sure I’ll live to regret making this reference. Our adventure together will take up the spring portion of my gap year, and I cannot wait to dig into some......Read More