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Chamonix 1A • June 11-July 3, 2019

Notes from the Pyrenees and Final Trip Update from Paris!

July 3, 2019

Friends and family,

We’re writing to you as we sit gazing out the window of a double decker train rolling through sleepy French towns en route from Lourdes to Paris. We are feeling mixed emotions of excitement for Paris and sadness as our Pyrenean trek has come to an end. But.. we’re so excited to relay our experiences to you as best as we can!

Rewind to June 22nd, our arrival to Lourdes, France. We spent the afternoon walking around and exploring town. Lourdes is known all over the world to attract thousands of pilgrims who come to visit the cathedral, which has been built above a cave that is known to be sacred in the Catholic tradition. We were so amazed by the beautiful mosaic works of art in the cathedral as well as the amount of people that had come to visit this church. We then made our way to enjoy Thai food for dinner and pack our bags for the Pyrenees!

Day 1 of our trek in the Pyrenees:

Our guides picked us up in two vans and we traveled into the mountains to Heas Valley. Here, we found our adorable Refugio for the night and departed on a day hike with light packs. We warmed up to our guide, Sasha, quickly. Sasha and Salame (an 11 year old girl who’s family owns the Refugio) led us on a journey uphill through tall grass speckled with wildflowers. We’ve been experiencing a serious heat wave in France, so we were pleasantly surprised when Sasha led us to a natural mountain spring where we were able to refill our water bottles with refreshing cold “holy” water. We were accompanied on the trail by goats, cows and marmots scurrying through the hillside. We enjoyed our lunches at the top with a view of the mountain cirque we were amidst. We traversed our way past hundreds of sheep and small lambs to find a crystal blue alpine lake. Without hesitation, we all plunged into the icy water gasping for air with laughter.  Our guide presented us with a challenge of the day: to swim to a small island in the lake. It seems simple, but the water was so cold that it was truly a challenge. As a reward for our completion of the challenge, our LODs, Mary Margaret and Vance, decided that it was time to open the mystery box. Have we told you about the mystery box? Before departing the United States, Mimi and Jonas made a “mystery box” that is sealed shut and contains an unknown surprise. We gifted the group with this box on the very first day of the trip and left the choice of when to open it up to the group. They have patiently carried it all the way through the TMB, resisted the temptation in Costa Brava, and finally found the perfect moment to reveal the mystery. Giddy and cold from the lake swim, Mary Margaret tore open the mystery box and out flew 14 pairs of colorful children’s sized sunglasses. It was a hilarious moment because it definitely was not what the group was expecting to be in the box and they were pleasantly surprised. We rocked our new shades as we tried to warm up by the lake before continuing our hike back to the Refugio. We had so much fun on this hike and especially by the lake that we deemed it to be the best day of the trip thus far. Back at the Refugio, half of the group stayed in the main house while the other half slept in yurts in the backyard. We were served a delicious dinner of potatoes au gratin, a local style of pork sweetened with brown sugar and fresh trout for the vegetarians. Our LODs facilitated a fantastic Moonup inside one of the yurts and Jonas ended the night by guiding us in a “mountain meditation” as the sun began to settle beyond the other side of the mountains.

 

 

Day 2 in the Pyrenees:

We got an early start (after coffee and croissants, of course) and crushed an uphill portion of the trail in the morning. We stopped along the trail and Sasha presented us with our challenge of the day as he stood next to a large anthill. After gently patting his hand on the ant hill, he encouraged us to smell his hand. It smelled strongly like vinegar. But this was not the challenge. He then proceeded to pop an ant into his mouth, performing our challenge of the day. We learned that the ants spray a small amount of acid as a defense mechanism against predators, hence the strong vinegar-like smell. When eaten, there is an incredibly strong flavor when they release their acid. Our LODs, Whit and Lindsey, proved their bravery and encouraged the rest of us to do the same. A few of us were brave enough to try it and can confidently say that we will most likely never be eating that species of ant again. After a few hours of trekking, we made our way to a beautiful river flowing by our trail. We stopped for a cold and refreshing swim and enjoyed our lunch break by the water. The entire group took a brief nap in the warm sun after eating. Reenergized from food and sleep, we trekked up and over the mountain pass. At the pass, we took 15 minutes of silent time to reflect on our day and to absorb the marvelous view. Our Refugio, Espugettes, sat below us on the edge of the green and grassy sloping hillside beneath the pass. We were greeted once again by hundreds of cows and sheep, as well as a small pack of donkeys at the Refugio. Following a delicious dinner, we put on our jackets and enjoyed each other’s company in the grass, looking out over the mountains towering above us and the valley far below us. Our LODs led us in a meaningful Moonup and we stayed outside until we saw the stars begin to shine and the blue sky begin to darken. With minimal light pollution, the stars were astounding, and the Milky Way was showing off. We watched for shooting stars and had fun experimenting its night photography and our headlamps. We finally ended the day with some well-deserved rest in our cozy mountain refuge.

Day 3 in the Pyrenees:

We waved goodbye to the donkeys as they carried supplies to and from the Refugio. After about 20 minutes of hiking, we came across a beautiful waterfall with a small swimming hole. We’ve made it our mission to swim with every opportunity we have, not matter how cold! After our dip in the waterfall, we were fully awake, felt alive in our own skin and were ready to seize the day. We followed the winding mountain stream down through the forest and past stunning rock formations. We were treated with a shorter day of hiking and made our way to an incredible waterfall that is apparently the second tallest in Europe. With tons of water falling with an amazing force, we were soaked as we approached the falls. Our challenge of the day was to see how close we could get to the waterfall before being knocked over by the force of the wind coming off the falls. Our LODs, Conrad and Livie, kept the group safe while maintaining a high level of stoke. Soaked from the amount of mist reaching hundreds of yards away from the actual falls, we were overwhelmed by the powerful energy of this force in nature. We ended our day with our arrival to the town of Gavarnie. With a view of the marvelous waterfall from the town, we explored the shops, ate crepes, and found an old church with a cabinet full of human skulls. Our hostel treated us to an amazing dinner of fresh trout with pasta. Livie and Conrad debriefed the day with an amazing Moonup by the river.

Day 4 of the Pyrenees:

Today we walked on the Camino de Santiago and learned about the history of the trail and the pilgrims that follow its trail blazes. We began the morning uphill with a silent “monk walk”, setting a peaceful and meditative tone for the day. The group amazed us with their strength as we accomplished the steep uphill to Col de Tentes, the pass that marks the border of France and Spain. We rewarded ourselves with lunch at the pass and a photo shoot just for fun. The entirety of the trip, we’ve had two tiny rubber animals that have been our group spirit animals and are protected by the LODs for each day. One animal is a cheetah named Jamal and the other is a hippopotamus named Gertrude. We have become very fond of these tiny inanimate animals and unfortunately, Jamal has been lost to the mountain wilderness. Moved by his loss, Conrad facilitated a ceremony in memory of Jamal on the mountain pass. Sasha led us to a patch of snow where we were able to glissade a few hundred feet and then we made our way downhill towards the valley. We emerged from a forested section of trail to find a crystal-clear river with a beautiful bridge stretching to the other side. The bridge led us to Bujaruelo, our home for the night. We swam in the cold water and relaxed in the sun on the grassy riverbank. Our LODs, Jax and Vance, inspired our thoughts during Moonup by the river. We all slept in one big bunk room that night with a sense of accomplishment from a day well spent.

Day 5 in the Pyrenees:

This day was a little less hiking and a lot more swimming. We travelled through a stunning canyon with breathtaking swimming holes around every turn. We jumped into the deepest parts of the perfect blue water and moved with the water as we witnessed the ways in which it has sculpted the canyon walls over the years. Johnny and Mae (the LODs) kept the energy at an all-time high as they excitingly jumped into the freezing cold water again and again and again. We refreshed ourselves in the cold water then warmed up like seals on the rocks bathing in the sun and repeated this process until it was time to hit the trail again. Exhausted from too much fun, we made our way to the quaint town of Torla for the night. We explored the cobble stone streets, enjoyed dinner together, and had Moonup in the courtyard of the church. Our guide, Sasha, has been teaching us a lot about the state of our planet and the positive ways in which we can make decisions for the betterment of our Earth. Our LODs facilitated an incredible Moonup where we shared our favorite moments in nature and discussed ways in which we can continue to preserve the natural world that we not only love so much but need to survive. Our Moonup was full of positivity from an absolutely fantastic and fun-filled day.

Day 6 in the Pyrenees:

We awoke before the sun today as to hike as much as we could before the day got too hot. Two taxis picked us up and transported us to a trailhead, as to avoid walking about 10 km on the road. We began our trek into Ordesa Canyon with uphill switchbacks through a beautiful forest. We walked in silence and practiced breathing deeply. We joined together in conversation again once we made it above the treeline. From here, we traverse across the canyon and made our way deeper into its enveloping cliffsides. We enjoyed lunch under a big shaded tree and Mimi and Jonas taught the group about leadership with the NOLS leadership grid. We learned about each other as we highlighted our different leadership strengths within the group. We saw Edelweiss for the first time and watched a Pyrenean Antelope prance though the canyon. Although it was a challenging day of hiking in the heat with no swimming, we are so impressed by the positive attitudes that this group maintains. After a long day of traversing the canyon in the sun, we finally made it to our mountain refuge, Goriz. After a delicious dinner, our LODs, Ella and Corley, found us the perfect spot for Moonup and inspired us all with a discussion about our dreams for the future. Corley, always so excited about the stars, motivated the whole group to stay up late and spend time together laying on our backs in amazement over the thousands of stars above us.

Day 7 in the Pyrenees:

The LODs from the day prior shocked us all and nominated Mimi and Jonas as the LODs for this day. And yes, we were so prepared to make them proud of this rare nomination. We began the day with an improvised song, a morning tai chi session and the reading of a poem. We made our way down the canyon to find the world’s most beautiful waterfall. We relaxed in way of the mist from the waterfall, never wanting to leave. We trekked along the river in the valley of the canyon and eventually through an enchanted forest of beach trees. In an effort to be the best LODs ever, we saved the group 2 hours of intense downhill and instead paid for us all to take a short bus ride to the spot on the river where we had so much fun jumping and swimming two days prior. We rewarded ourselves with an afternoon spent in the cold blue water of the most beautiful gorge we’ve ever seen. We then made our way back to Bujaruelo, our quaint spot with the bridge and the grassy riverbank. We relaxed along the riverside, showered, and played card games until dinner. We were joined by cows during our Moonup and Sasha kept having to shoo them away from eating the grass right next to us. We discussed our “peaks” and “valleys” (highs and lows) from our time spent in the Pyrenees and explored our “horizons” (what we learned) from our journey. We shared a piece of writing titled, “The Pilgrim’s Way” which was written by one of our good friends who has walked the Camino de Santiago (shoutout to you, Rob McAlister!). It was the perfect way to debrief our pilgrimage together in the Pyrenees.

Day 8 in the Pyrenees:

The final day of our trek! Our LODs, Elizabeth and Livie (dynamic duo), started our day with a morning huddle and shared an inspiring quote to motivate us all. All of the girls (plus Johnny because he has long hair) put their hair in “space buns” as our flare for the day. We made our way uphill back to Col de Tentes, the pass back into France. It was a challenging day up the mountain but we were motivated to end our journey with strength. We congratulated each other when we made it back across the border and took a short detour for our lunch spot. Sasha took us to a beautiful lake hidden just behind a small hillside where we had one last swim in the Pyrenees and enjoyed our picnic lunch. Sasha and Mimi floated in the water as the little fish nibbled on our dead skin. Three of the boys in the group were up for the challenge of the day which was to slide down a patch of snow at the opposite end of the lake into the water and to swim back across the lake to the group. Johnny, Corley and Whit had us all laughing as we watched them slide down the snow in their swimsuits. Our time by the lake sadly came to an end and our vans picked us up at the pass to transfer us back to Lourdes.

It really is challenging to convey the beauty and sheer majesty of this mountain range. And it’s even more challenging to convey the amount of fun we’ve had together on this journey. We truly feel like family and it has been nothing short of amazing to walk 60-70 miles together over the past 8 days. We’re moved by the growth that we’ve experienced within the group and the amount of strength, both physical and metal, that this group has shown. We’ve traversed through adversity, overcome difficulty, and feel that our cups are overflowing. Although we were so excited to shower in Lourdes and take off our dirty socks, we all feel sad in knowing that our time in the Pyrenees has come to an end. Being secluded in the mountains for 8 days has revealed our truest selves and allowed us to reconnect with the amazing energy that comes from nature alone. Marvelous mountain passes, powerful waterfalls, cold flowing rivers, green grassy hillsides, and all of the wildlife that inhabits these areas. We’ve left the mountains with a newfound confidence in ourselves and a reminder of our truest and best selves. We now also have some amazing sock tan lines 🙂

En route to Paris, we’re excited to take advantage of our final two days together. We have plans to do all of the sightseeing we can possibly handle, to have a fancy picnic near the Eiffel Tower and to eat gelato at least 3 times before we leave. We will export back soon from our adventure in the amazing city of Paris, France!

 

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Bonjour one last time, friends and family!

Can you believe our Chamonix trip has come to an end? The group’s flight departed not too long ago and it was an odd feeling to leave the airport without the other 12 members of our family. :’( I’m sure you’ll hear all of the details soon, but we have had the best time in Paris the past two days!

Our long train ride from Lourdes to Paris was full of excitement with a slight somber feeling. We napped and played cards and finally arrived at the Montparnasse Station. Our LODs, Whit and Ella, kept us safe and organized in the train station and throughout the metro to our hostel. We had a little time before we could check into our rooms, so we made use of our time well with a visit to an incredible vintage thrift store (nugs to Corley and Max for the excitement). We scored a few rare finds and concluded our walk with a stop at Amorino (the world’s best gelato) and a stroll through the park. We then made a visit to Norte Dame and walked along the Seine River as the sun set. We took a few group photos with the sunset reflecting off the river and the Eiffel Tower just in the distance. It was the perfect closing of our first day in Paris. We sat next to the river as Whit and Ella led us in a fantastic Moonup as we watched the Eiffel Tower sparkle when the clock hit 11pm.

We got some good sleep and started the day with coffee and croissants in our hostel. Our first mission of the day: a tour of Montmartre. Our LODs, Corley and Conrad, started the day with an explosion of excitement as we trekked by metro. We visited the Sacre Couer Cathedral with a breathtaking view of the sprawling city. We found an adorable square full of artist’s booths and treated ourselves to a second breakfast of crepes. Post crepes, we made our way to the Arc du Triomphe. We were amazed by its grandeur and took at least 100 photos. We then strolled down the Champs Elysee, people watching and window shopping. The day was quickly slipping from us and we realized that it was far past our lunch time. We’ve had big dreams of picnicking underneath the Eiffel Tower and our LODs helped us to make that dream to come true (also nugs to Jax for keeping the dream alive). We made our way to the Eiffel Tower, bought a full picnic spread and enjoyed it underneath a shaded tree by the Eiffel Tower. We had fresh fruit, ingredients for sandwiches, fancy cookies, and sparkly apple cider with clementine juice! We digested our lunch as we slowly strolled along the river towards Musee d’Orsay. We spent an hour or two observing famous works of art then took a few photos outside of the Louvre. With tired feet from walking all over Paris, we made our way back to the hostel to rest for just a bit before our banquet dinner.

A nearby Italian restaurant so kindly sat all 14 of us for our last supper together. We ordered fresh pasta and pizza following a sincere toast from our LODs. After dinner, we were pleasantly surprised with a visit from the man himself, Hayes Hitchens! We walked a few blocks to our favorite gelato spot and spent a couple hours telling stories with Hayes from our time together and sharing how much we love Moondance. Hayes treated us to gelato, listened to our stories and soon after we found the perfect spot for our Moonup for the night.

We’ve participated in dozens of Moonups before and we can honestly and full heartedly say that this was the most wonderful Moonup that we have ever been a part of. This group took it to the next level as they affirmed each and every person with reasons why they love each other. The LODs surprised us with the resurrection of Jamal (or cheetah spirit animal) and a small terrarium “nug jug” in which Jamal and Gertrude will forever reside. Each person held the nug jug as the rest of the group filled it with nugs for that person. At the end of Moonup, Conrad and Corley surprised the group with a large lock (like the ones you see on the bridges in Paris) for us to write our names on. We locked it in the streets of Paris and threw the key. It was the perfect symbolic conclusion to the journey that we have shared together. Moonup lasted longer than it ever has and we got a grand total of 1-2 hours of sleep before departing for the airport. We cried like “goo goo ga ga babies” in the airport as the group made their way down the security line.

It has been really challenging to depart with the group and to seek closure with all of the incredible experiences that we have created and shared over the past two weeks. This group made being a leader an easy job because we never had to worry. We have been confident in their competence and decision making from day one and that can be a rare feeling. We’ve enjoyed every moment with this group and our cups are overflowing from the amount of joy they have brought into our lives. Encourage them to share all of the stories with you and we are so excited to share pictures soon!Before we conclude, we have just a few more nugs to throw into the nug jug…

Conrad, nugs to you for being an incredible leader within the group, always having the most positive attitude and for being in a great mood in the mornings.

Corley, nugs to you for making us all laugh every moment of every day. You brought so much spontaneity and silliness to this trip and we loved it.

Elizabeth, nugs to you for being the best listener and always showing genuine interest in others. Also, nugs to your laugh because it’s contagious.

Ella, nugs to you for not only being the most organized member of the group but also for setting an example of constant smiles for all of us. Your company is so lovely.

Jax, nugs to you for being kind to everyone and setting an example of what compassion looks like. Your enthusiasm for every day kept our spirits high.

Johnny, nugs to you for teaching us how to go with the flow and how to always choose kindness and love over judgement. You also kept things weird and it made every day far from mundane.

Lindsey, nugs to you for showing the group what graceful perseverance looks like and for always being helpful and supportive of others.

Livie, nugs to you for being the pillar of personality within our group. You’re sweet, hilarious and spontaneous and we love you.

Mary Margaret, nugs to you for your incredibly contagious laugh/smile. You encouraged us every day to have fun no matter how steep the trail or how cold the water.

Max, nugs to you for your positive attitude and ability to make friends. You brought nothing but jovial energy to the group and it wouldn’t have been nearly as bright without you.

Vance, nugs to you for being so well rounded in all of your characteristics. You’re so kind and caring and make for the best company.

Whit, nugs to you for always being up for any adventure and laughing through the journey. Your spontaneity and excitement made each day more fun.

This has been the best three weeks of our lives and we wouldn’t have chosen anyone else to spend it with. Nugs to the Slug Squad for manifesting the trip of a lifetime!

We love you!Mimi & Jonas


Trekking, Swimming, and Smiling in the Pyrenees!

July 1, 2019

Bonjour, hola, hello from Chamonix 1A!

 

Friends and family,

 

We’re writing to you as we sit gazing out the window of a double decker train rolling through sleepy French towns en route from Lourdes to Paris. We are feeling mixed emotions of excitement for Paris and sadness as our Pyrenean trek has come to an end. But.. we’re so excited to relay our experiences to you as best as we can!

 

Rewind to June 22nd, our arrival to Lourdes, France. We spent the afternoon walking around and exploring town. Lourdes is known all over the world to attract thousands of pilgrims who come to visit the cathedral, which has been built above a cave that is known to be sacred in the Catholic tradition. We were so amazed by the beautiful mosaic works of art in the cathedral as well as the amount of people that had come to visit this church. We then made our way to enjoy Thai food for dinner and pack our bags for the Pyrenees!

 

Day 1 of our trek in the Pyrenees:

 

Our guides picked us up in two vans and we traveled into the mountains to Heas Valley. Here, we found our adorable Refugio for the night and departed on a day hike with light packs. We warmed up to our guide, Sasha, quickly. Sasha and Salame (an 11 year old girl who’s family owns the Refugio) led us on a journey uphill through tall grass speckled with wildflowers. We’ve been experiencing a serious heat wave in France, so we were pleasantly surprised when Sasha led us to a natural mountain spring where we were able to refill our water bottles with refreshing cold “holy” water. We were accompanied on the trail by goats, cows, and marmots scurrying through the hillside. We enjoyed our lunches at the top with a view of the mountain cirque we were amidst. We traversed our way past hundreds of sheep and small lambs to find a crystal blue alpine lake. Without hesitation, we all plunged into the icy water gasping for air with laughter.

 

Our guide presented us with a challenge of the day: to swim to a small island in the lake. It seems simple, but the water was so cold that it was truly a challenge. As a reward for our completion of the challenge, our LODs, Mary Margaret and Vance, decided that it was time to open the mystery box. Have we told you about the mystery box? Before departing the United States, Mimi and Jonas made a “mystery box” that is sealed shut and contains an unknown surprise. We gifted the group with this box on the very first day of the trip and left the choice of when to open it up to the group. They have patiently carried it all the way through the TMB, resisted the temptation in Costa Brava, and finally found the perfect moment to reveal the mystery.

 

Giddy and cold from the lake swim, Mary Margaret tore open the mystery box and out flew 14 pairs of colorful children’s sized sunglasses. It was a hilarious moment because it definitely was not what the group was expecting to be in the box and they were pleasantly surprised. We rocked our new shades as we tried to warm up by the lake before continuing our hike back to the Refugio. We had so much fun on this hike and especially by the lake that we deemed it to be the best day of the trip thus far. Back at the Refugio, half of the group stayed in the main house while the other half slept in yurts in the backyard. We were served a delicious dinner of potatoes au gratin, a local style of pork sweetened with brown sugar and fresh trout for the vegetarians. Our LODs facilitated a fantastic Moonup inside one of the yurts and Jonas ended the night by guiding us in a “mountain meditation” as the sun began to settle beyond the other side of the mountains.

 

Day 2 in the Pyrenees:

We got an early start (after coffee and croissants, of course) and crushed an uphill portion of the trail in the morning. We stopped along the trail and Sasha presented us with our challenge of the day as he stood next to a large anthill. After gently patting his hand on the ant hill, he encouraged us to smell his hand. It smelled strongly like vinegar. But this was not the challenge. He then proceeded to pop an ant into his mouth, performing our challenge of the day. We learned that the ants spray a small amount of acid as a defense mechanism against predators, hence the strong vinegar-like smell. When eaten, there is an incredibly strong flavor when they release their acid. Our LODs, Whit and Lindsey, proved their bravery and encouraged the rest of us to do the same. A few of us were brave enough to try it and can confidently say that we will most likely never be eating that species of ant again.

 

After a few hours of trekking, we made our way to a beautiful river flowing by our trail. We stopped for a cold and refreshing swim and enjoyed our lunch break by the water. The entire group took a brief nap in the warm sun after eating. Reenergized from food and sleep, we trekked up and over the mountain pass. At the pass, we took 15 minutes of silent time to reflect on our day and to absorb the marvelous view. Our Refugio, sat below us on the edge of the green and grassy sloping hillside beneath the pass. We were greeted once again by hundreds of cows and sheep, as well as a small pack of donkeys at the Refugio. Following a delicious dinner, we put on our jackets and enjoyed each other’s company in the grass, looking out over the mountains towering above us and the valley far below us. Our LODs led us in a meaningful Moonup and we stayed outside until we saw the stars begin to shine and the blue sky begin to darken. With minimal light pollution, the stars were astounding and the Milky Way was showing off. We watched for shooting stars and had fun experimenting its night photography and our headlamps. We finally ended the day with some well deserved rest in our cozy mountain refuge.

 

Day 3 in the Pyrenees:

 

We waved goodbye to the donkeys as they carried supplies to and from the Refugio. After about 20 minutes of hiking, we came across a beautiful waterfall with a small swimming hole. We’ve made it our mission to swim with every opportunity we have, not matter how cold! After our dip in the waterfall, we were fully awake, felt alive in our own skin and were ready to seize the day. We followed the winding mountain stream down through the forest and past stunning rock formations. We were treated with a shorter day of hiking and made our way to an incredible waterfall that is apparently the second tallest in Europe. With tons of water falling with an amazing force, we were soaked as we approached the falls. Our challenge of the day was to see how close we could get to the waterfall before being knocked over by the force of the wind coming off the falls. Our LODs, Conrad and Livie, kept the group safe while maintaining a high level of stoke. Soaked from the amount of mist reaching hundreds of yards away from the actual falls, we were overwhelmed by the powerful energy of this force in nature. We ended our day with our arrival to the town of Gavarnie. With a view of the marvelous waterfall from the town, we explored the shops, ate crepes, and found an old church with a cabinet full of human skulls. Our hostel treated us to an amazing dinner of fresh trout with pasta. Livie and Conrad debriefed the day with an amazing Moonup by the river.

 

Day 4 of the Pyrenees:

 

Today we walked on the Camino de Santiago and learned about the history of the trail and the pilgrims that follow its trail blazes. We began the morning uphill with a silent “monk walk”, setting a peaceful and meditative tone for the day. The group amazed us with their strength as we accomplished the steep uphill to Col de Tentes, the pass that marks the border of France and Spain. We rewarded ourselves with lunch at the pass and a photo shoot just for fun. The entirety of the trip, we’ve had two tiny rubber animals that have been our group spirit animals and are protected by the LODs for each day. One animal is a cheetah named Jamal and the other is a hippopotamus named Gertrude. We have become very fond of these tiny inanimate animals and unfortunately, Jamal has been lost to the mountain wilderness. Moved by his loss, Conrad facilitated a ceremony in memory of Jamal on the mountain pass. Sasha led us to a patch of snow where we were able to glissade a few hundred feet and then we made our way downhill towards the valley. We emerged from a forested section of trail to find a crystal-clear river with a beautiful bridge stretching to the other side. The bridge led us to Bujaruelo, our home for the night. We swam in the cold water and relaxed in the sun on the grassy riverbank. Our LODs, Jax and Vance, inspired our thoughts during Moonup by the river. We all slept in one big bunk room that night with a sense of accomplishment from a day well spent.

 

Day 5 in the Pyrenees:

 

This day was a little less hiking and a lot more swimming. We travelled through a stunning canyon with breathtaking swimming holes around every turn. We jumped into the deepest parts of the perfect blue water and moved with the water as we witnessed the ways in which it has sculpted the canyon walls over the years. Johnny and Max (the LODs) kept the energy at an all time high as they excitingly jumped into the freezing cold water again and again and again. We refreshed ourselves in the cold water then warmed up like seals on the rocks bathing in the sun and repeated this process until it was time to hit the trail again. Exhausted from too much fun, we made our way to the quaint town of Torla for the night. We explored the cobble stone streets, enjoyed dinner together, and had Moonup in the courtyard of the church. Our guide, Sasha, has been teaching us a lot about the state of our planet and the positive ways in which we can make decisions for the betterment of our Earth. Our LODs facilitated an incredible Moonup where we shared our favorite moments in nature and discussed ways in which we can continue to preserve the natural world that we love so much. Our Moonup was full of positivity from an absolutely fantastic and fun-filled day.

 

Day 6 in the Pyrenees:

 

We awoke before the sun today as to hike as much as we could before the day got too hot. Two taxis picked us up and transported us to a trailhead, as to avoid walking about 10 km on the road. We began our trek into Ordesa Canyon with uphill switchbacks through a beautiful forest. We walked in silence and practiced breathing deeply. We joined together in conversation again once we made it above the tree line. From here, we traversed across the canyon and made our way deeper into its enveloping cliffsides. We enjoyed lunch under a big shaded tree and Mimi and Jonas taught the group about leadership with the NOLS leadership grid. We learned about each other as we highlighted our different leadership strengths within the group. We saw Edelweiss for the first time and watched a Pyrenean Antelope prance though the canyon. Although it was a challenging day of hiking in the heat with no swimming, we are so impressed by the positive attitudes that this group maintains. After a long day of traversing the canyon in the sun, we finally made it to our mountain refuge, Goriz. After a delicious dinner, our LODs, Ella and Corley, found us the perfect spot for Moonup and inspired us all with a discussion about our dreams for the future. Corley, always so excited about the stars, motivated the whole group to stay up late and spend time together laying on our backs in amazement over the thousands of stars above us.

 

Day 7 in the Pyrenees:

 

The LODs from the day prior shocked us all and nominated Mimi and Jonas as the LODs for this day. And yes, we were so prepared to make them proud of this rare nomination. We began the day with an improvised song, a morning tai chi session and the reading of a poem. We made our way down the canyon to find the world’s most beautiful waterfall. We relaxed in way of the mist from the waterfall, never wanting to leave. We trekked along the river in the valley of the canyon and eventually through an enchanted forest of beach trees. In an effort to be the best LODs ever, we saved the group 2 hours of intense downhill and instead paid for us all to take a short bus ride to the spot on the river where we had so much fun jumping and swimming two days prior. We rewarded ourselves with an afternoon spent in the cold blue water of the most beautiful gorge we’ve ever seen. We then made our way back to Bujaruelo, our quaint spot with the bridge and the grassy riverbank. We relaxed along the riverside, showered, and played card games until dinner. We were joined by cows during our Moonup and Sasha kept having to shoo them away from eating the grass right next to us. We discussed our “peaks” and “valleys” (highs and lows) from our time spent in the Pyrenees and explored our “horizons” (what we learned) from our journey. We shared a piece of writing titled, “The Pilgrim’s Way” which was written by one of our good friends who has walked the Camino de Santiago (shoutout to you, Rob McAlister!). It was the perfect way to debrief our pilgrimage together in the Pyrenees.

 

Day 8 in the Pyrenees:

 

The final day of our trek! Our LODs, Elizabeth and Livie (dynamic duo), started our day with a morning huddle and shared an inspiring quote to motivate us all. All of the girls (plus Johnny because he has long hair) put their hair in “space buns” as our flare for the day. We made our way uphill back to Col de Tentes, the pass back into France. It was a challenging day up the mountain but we were motivated to end our journey with strength. We congratulated each other when we made it back across the border and took a short detour for our lunch spot. Sasha took us to a beautiful lake hidden just behind a small hillside where we had one last swim in the Pyrenees and enjoyed our picnic lunch. Sasha and Mimi floated in the water as the little fish nibbled on our dead skin. Max along with three of the boys in the group were up for the challenge of the day which was to slide down a patch of snow at the opposite end of the lake into the water and to swim back across the lake to the group. Johnny, Corley, and Whit had us all laughing as we watched them slide down the snow in their swimsuits. Our time by the lake sadly came to an end and our vans picked us up at the pass to transfer us back to Lourdes.

 

It really is challenging to convey the beauty and sheer majesty of this mountain range. And it’s even more challenging to convey the amount of fun we’ve had together on this journey. We truly feel like family and it has been nothing short of amazing to walk 60-70 miles together over the past 8 days. We’re moved by the growth that we’ve experienced within the group and the amount of strength, both physical and mental, that this group has shown. We’ve traversed through adversity, overcome difficulty, and feel that our cups are overflowing. Although we were so excited to shower in Lourdes and take off our dirty socks, we all feel sad in knowing that our time in the Pyrenees has come to an end. Being secluded in the mountains for 8 days has revealed our truest selves and allowed us to reconnect with the amazing energy that comes from nature alone. Marvelous mountain passes, powerful waterfalls, cold flowing rivers, green grassy hillsides, and all of the wildlife that inhabits these areas. We’ve left the mountains with a newfound confidence in ourselves and a reminder of our truest and best selves. We now also have some amazing sock tan lines 🙂

 

En route to Paris, we’re excited to take advantage of our final two days together. We have plans to do all of the sightseeing we can possibly handle, to have a fancy picnic near the Eiffel Tower and to eat gelato at least 3 times before we leave. We will export back soon from our adventure in the amazing city of Paris, France!

 

A’bientot!

 

Mimi, Jonas, Vance, Whit, Elizabeth, Livie, Conrad, Corley, Mary Margaret, Jax, Johnny, Max, Lindsey, and Ella.

 

And finally, a few shout outs from the group!

 

Hi Mom and Dad,

Hope y’all are chillin. I love and miss you guys. We are going to Paris right now and will see y’all in a couple days. -Whitfield

 

Hey mom, dad and cat! We just got done hiking through the Pyrenees, which is the most beautiful mountain range I have ever seen. Mom and dad, thank you so much for the opportunity to experience the beauty of these far away places! Cat, I hope you had the best three weeks of your life on Yosemite! Tell the whole fam I am living it up in Paris! I love y’all more than you know and can’t wait to hug y’all in baggage claim!!! -Jax (what up the whole famdamily. I hope y’all are having a blast in Texas. Hopefully it isn’t too hot there and I hope cat has a blast on her trip. Miss y’all -max)

 

What’s up mom, dad, Mitchell and Caleb. We are on our train to Paris right now. This trip has been nothing but fun. I can’t wait to tell y’all about it when I get back. Also dad you would love it here, all of the food and cathedrals would send you up the walls. Love y’all.~~Max

 

Hi Ma and Pa and dogs! This trip was awesome thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to do this! I’m excited to see y’all and the dogs! I can’t wait to share my experiences with you guys! See ya later! Love Biggy

 

Hey family, I survived the Pyrenees and am now on the train to Paris. Can’t wait to see y’all in a couple days. The weather in France has been great so hopefully that’ll continue on our trip. Make sure to hug Winston and Molly for me and tell Boo I miss her. See y’all soon- Vance

 

Hi again family! We just finished our 8 day trek in the Pyrenees and we are now on a train to Paris. I have so much to show and tell you all and I can’t wait to see you and give you the biggest hugs, but I’m really sad to leave!! Text Gabs and tell her hi and I miss her, give Clovis a hug for me!! So much love, XO Mae

 

heyyyyy mom dad and g! Just got done conquering the Pyrenees. We all crushed it. Headed to Paris rn on a train. Having the best timeee I don’t want to leave I think I might just stay put in Paris if that’s good with y’all.  Give Sam and Callie a hug for me… see y’all soon 😉 -e

 

Hi mom and dad! We’re on our way to Paris right now after finishing the Pyrenees and I’m so excited!! I miss you guys and the dogs, but I really don’t want to leave! I’m excited to tell you guys all about it and to hear from Annabel about how her trip went. Give the dogs big hugs for me! Love you guys see you! -Livie

 

 

Hi mama, dad and jakes! I hope you are all doing well. We finished our last bit of trekking yesterday (happy and sad) I’m super excited to tell you all about it but I also wouldn’t mind if you cancelled my ticket home because I never want to leave this place and these people! Give all the animals a hug for me and have the washing machine prepped and ready for when I get home. Love you -Lindsey

 

Hi family! We finished our trek through the Pyrenees. It was lots of fun and super pretty. We’ve been swimming almost every day. Our guide was really fun. We’ve been playing lots of cards. I can beat you in hearts now. I’m excited to go to Paris. I hope Abby liked Costa Rica. See you soon. – Ella

 

Hello Haynes family, all is well here and I’m excited to see y’all and the pups-Corley

 

Hello Mom and Dad, Conrad here.  We are doing great, just finished the Pyrenees. Can’t wait to see y’all in Paris. Don’t forget my stuff I need. Love, Conrad


Surf and Sun in Costa Brava!

June 22, 2019

Hello friends and family!

We are now departing the coast and headed back toward the mountains! Our group proclaimed “honeymoondance” has come to an end and we are feeling salty, sun-kissed, and reenergized.

 

Upon arriving to the Geneva train station, Corley and Ella took on the task of navigating our group through the station and onto the correct train (which was an impressive responsibility considering the hundreds of people, signs, and trains going in all directions). We arrived in Costa Brava after a 6 hour train ride through the French country side. Quickly passing lavender fields and small hillside villages, we played card games on our train tables and embraced the sleepiness that a fast train evokes.

 

We were greeted in Costa Brava with warmer weather and three tiny bungalows that would house us for our time by the ocean. We treated ourselves to pizza for dinner at a cute restaurant with outdoor seating. It took us a minute to make the transition from “bounjour” and “mercí” to “hola” and “gracías”, but we did so gracefully! We concluded our day with a Moonup on the beach and music on the guitar.

 

We stepped into our first full day in Costa Brava with our swimsuits on and slathered in sunscreen. Our guides, Paul and Roger (pronounced differently than you would imagine), picked us up and drove us to our kayaking spot. If you can imagine the most picturesque coastline for your most ideal vacation, that’s what this place looked like. Crystal blue (and refreshingly chilly) Mediterranean water and steep rocky cliff-sides with traditional Spanish homes scattered along the edges. With our helmets and life jackets buckled and our kayak skirts tightened, we paddled out into deeper waters. With water as clear as glass, we could perfectly see the bottom of the ocean, even in the deeper areas. We were guided through flowing narrow passes between big rocks that had, at some point over time, made their way off of the cliff side and into the ocean. Our guide let us hold a sea urchin and shared his knowledge about “sea tomatoes” and other local sea creatures. Max kept the excitement at an all-time high with his fascination with the sea tomatoes. In our single kayaks (plus Corley and Conrad teaming up in the double kayak), we worked our upper body strength as we paddled against strong headwinds in and out of beautiful sea coves. We eventually found a quaint rocky private beach to take a lunch break, swim and sunbathe. We enjoyed a picnic with fresh sandwiches, some sweet treats and lemonade. We got hot in the sun and swam in the cold water. The group swam out to a rock that was perfect for jumping off of and then warming up in the sun like monk seals. Following lunch, we explored the coast a bit more before heading back to our starting point. By the end of our kayaking day, we were exhausted yet full of summertime bliss.

 

Once we made it back to our little town, L’escala, Jax and Johnny (our LODs) helped us grocery shop for the group. Some swam in the pool, some showered and some helped with dinner prep. We decided on pesto pasta for dinner and Jax and Johnny were sweet enough to surprise the whole group with Oreo ice cream sandwiches. We sat in a circle in lawn chairs outside of our bungalows and Jonas and Mary Margaret played us some songs on the guitar to open Moonup and Lindsey gave us a hint of her beautiful singing voice. We accidentally stayed up way too late because hanging out together is way too much fun!

 

Our second day of kayaking was just as good as the first plus a little more exploration. Our guide took us into multiple sea caves where we were able to kayak all the way into complete darkness in the back of the caves. We heard bats chirping and the water in the caves were as deep as 150 meters. They were a little spooky but really fascinating to experience. Mimi and Livie struggled through sea sickness together with smiles regardless. We paddled hard and rewarded ourselves with another long break for swimming and sunbathing. Vance and Johnny had us all laughing with some classic belly flopping and Elizabeth and Livie proved to be lovers of the sea as they swam around like seals. We successfully prevented sun burns and the saltwater healed our sore muscles from the Tour du Mont Blanc. Although the waters were a bit choppy and the headwinds were strong, the positive attitude that this group exudes has been so uplifting. Mary Margaret kept the group excited with her spunky spirit and gropro photoshoots. And Whit has been nominated as the groups strongest paddler as he led the pack through the most challenging section of paddling at the end of the day. Our time kayaking felt like the most rewarding vacation and we had so much fun in the sun together. We finished kayaking a little early so that we could explore an area of the coast called “Illa Mateua”. We hiked up a trail along the cliff side to reach astounding views of the coastline.

 

Our LODs, Conrad and Livie, helped us grocery shop for a cooking competition between the boys and the girls. The competition was taco themed and they could buy whatever ingredients they needed to make the tastiest taco. We were so impressed with this groups competence in the kitchen!!! The girls went with a Baja flare for their tacos with rice and shoyu chicken and onions, topped with guacamole, fresh pineapple, mango, cilantro and lime. The boys went with a more classic flavor for their tacos with taco seasoned ground pork, chopped iceberg lettuce, guacamole, and Siracha for a little spice. Our taco loving judges, Mimi and Jonas, awarded the girls with first place for quality and the boys with second place for quantity. Of course, we had Toblerone ice cream bars for desert and concluded the night with a wonderful Moonup discussing our favorite moments from our sea kayaking adventure.

 

We’re going to miss the salty feeling from the Mediterranean Sea and being able to hang out in our bathing suits from dusk until dawn, but we’re looking forward to our next adventure: the Pyrenees!!!!! We have a bus ride from Costa Brava to Lourdes, France today and tomorrow we begin our trek in the Pyrenees! We bought every single jar of peanut butter that the grocery store had in stock and we’re ready to put our strong legs (thanks to the TMB) to use and spend some quality time together in the mountains. And don’t worry, we’re taking lots of pictures! We’re excited to experience our next adventure and we’ll report back with more stories to share!

 

Hasta luego!

-Mimi, Jonas, Jax, Max, Johnny, Ella, Livie, Whit, Vance, Lindsey, Mae, Conrad, Corley and Elizabeth (aka the slug squad because we’ve encountered and insane amount of slugs on this trip).


Tales from the Tour du Mont Blanc

June 19, 2019

Bonjour from France!

 

We have completed our section of the Tour du Mont Blanc and we have so many stories to tell! Let’s start from day one….

 

Days 1 & 2: Our flight to Europe was smooth and accommodating. Some of us slept, some of us cried while watching movies, and the time flew by. One of our flight attendants was so impressed that a group of teenagers were headed to Mont Blanc that he asked the entire plane to applaud us once we landed in Paris. It was a warm welcome. Jet lagged and a bit sleepy, we finally arrived to the picturesque valley of Chamonix. After checking into our hostel, we walked into town and found burgers at a small restaurant called Poco Loco and shared our first meal together in France! An afternoon nap was necessary for our jet lagged brains to make it to bedtime that night.

 

Day 3: Full of rest, we awoke the next morning ready for our first full day in Chamonix! After bread, coffee, and hot chocolate (which we have since learned is Whit’s favorite drink) for breakfast, we bought picnic supplies and made a plan for the day. We quickly learned that we have an adventurous bunch when we made the decision to do a day hike to Mer de Glace, one of the glaciers in Chamonix. We chose Jax and Max as our first Leaders of the Day (LOD) and they proved their leadership skills with their ability to work together to motivate and encourage the group. It was a challenging uphill hike to the glacier, and we were blown away by the energy and perseverance of this group. Not only was the view of the surrounding mountains amazing from the top, but we were able to hike down into the glacier where there was an ice cave awaiting our exploration. The hike down showed the levels of the glacier over the years and how much it has melted since 1820. It was sad to see just how much of the glacier has disappeared and to walk the distance of the ice that used to exist. Upon entering the ice cave, the temperature dropped, and we were surrounded by slick icy walls with crystal blue light filling all spaces. The ice was carved into a tunnel where sculptures of animals or little rooms would be waiting around each bend. It was truly a spectacle. The hike back up was quite the calf buster but we treated ourselves to glacier coffee and pastries at the top. As a way to reward ourselves for hiking about ten miles, we walked straight to gelato once we arrived back in town. Our first day was warm and sunny and full of rewarding challenges. It was the perfect way to kick off our summer together.

 

Day 4: The beginning of our Tour du Mont Blanc!!! Our guide, Xavier, picked us up in the morning and we drove through a very long tunnel that goes through the Mont Blanc Massif. Once through the tunnel we crossed the border into Italy! Not only were we excited for this day because we were beginning the TMB… but also because it was Conrad’s 19th birthday!! We had sung him happy birthday at least three times before 10am. Our first day on the TMB was approximately seven miles and full of surprises: sunshine, fog, some rain, lots of snow on the ground, “skiing” on our feet down small hills, a bag of birthday snickers, beautiful waterfalls, green rolling mountain sides, white shining mountain peaks and lots of laughter. Once over the mountain pass, we crossed the border into Switzerland! Our LODs, Johnny and Conrad, helped us all to seize the day. Johnny took a liking to and showed skills in map reading and navigation while Conrad kept the group moral high, encouraging others throughout the challenging parts of the day. We arrived to our final destination of the day in a small town called La Fouly, where we were greeted by a delicious dinner and comfy beds.

 

Day 5: Our third day of our tour was about nine miles through an enchanting forest. The group decorated each other’s hair with wildflowers, made friends with cows and took lots of really good jumping pictures, we got to know each to her through conversation as we trekked our way to the town of Champex. The town has a beautiful lake surrounded by traditional Swiss homes and towering snowcapped mountains. Our LODs, Corley and Ella, facilitated an amazing Moonup by the lake as the sun was setting over the mountain peaks. The night was concluded after a couple hours of an intense hearts tournament (the card game).

 

Day 6: We woke up singing happy birthday (in a whisper) because it’s Johnny’s 19th birthday!!! We started this day with a group ab workout in the hostel hallway… just to feel strong before a big day of hiking. We put glitter (birthday trail magic) on all of our faces to put a lil pep in our step. This day was about ten miles of trekking through lush green forest, lots of elevation gain and a surprise cafe at the top of the pass where we enjoyed our lunch. We surprised Johnny with a birthday treat and the end of the day was a downhill descent into a quaint little valley to the town of Trient (you’ll see photos of the cute pink church later!). We were served hot fondue for dinner and our LODs, Elizabeth and Whit, led us in a very thoughtful Moonup as we sat upon a hilltop decorated with wildflowers and watched the sun cast warm light across the valley. We ended the day with a dance party outside our hostel where Johnny was voted as the group’s best dancer.

 

Day 7: We began our hike in the misty morning up a steep trail. We crossed rushing streams and chatted all the way up the switchbacks. Our LODs, Livie and Vance, did an amazing job checking in with the group and keeping the moral high on the steep trail. We were greeted with lots of snow as we gained elevation and made our way to the pass of Col de Balme. We rewarded our hard work with a long lunch break with scaping views of Mont Blanc and the other surrounding mountains. Some of us napped in the warm sunlight while Vance, Mary Margaret, Johnny, Jonas and Xavier explored a nearby ridge line to reach a higher view. From there, the rest of the day was a downhill trek to the town of Argentiere. We cooled off halfway down with an ice cream surprise and finally settled into our cozy hotel. We treated ourselves to a pizza dinner and discussed the challenges of the day during moonup under a big maple tree by the local cathedral.

 

Day 8: Our final day on the TMB!! We only had a 3-4 hour hike this day and followed a beautiful rushing river of clear glacial water that led us all the way back to Chamonix. Lindsey and Mary Margaret (LODs) navigated the trail system and we had a picnic lunch together once we made it back to town. Our guide, Xavier, awarded us all with certificates for our time on the Tour de Mont Blanc and complimented our group immensely for our success and attitude on the trail. We enjoyed free time in town, did some laundry, bought some souvenirs, played some basketball and soccer, and enjoyed burgers for dinner. By the end of the day, we all felt elated with our accomplishment on the TMB. Lindsey and Mae led us in a fantastic Moonup as the sun set behind the mountains.

 

We are so proud of this group and their performance on the Tour du Mont Blanc. Regardless of the challenging nature, we had zero complaints from this group and only perseverance. Everyone has been so kind to one another and encouraging during each day of hiking. After this section, we are so confident in this group’s trekking ability as we head to the Pyrenees. They’ve beautifully shown how the entire group can adjust to the needs of just one group member in order to achieve success as a whole. But most importantly, we’ve been having so much FUN together. We are blown away by the maturity and unity of this group and we’re so excited for the two remaining weeks together!

 

We are traveling by train today and making our way to Costa Brava, Spain where we will be sea kayaking for the next couple days! We’ll report back soon with more stories!

 

Lastly, here are some shoutouts from the group!

 

hey mom, dad, and g! We just finished the tour de Mont Blanc and it was super cool! The views were so so amazing! We had a great guide to lead us through! Loving my group! Apparently I have a big southern accent according to them lol. Tell Jacob I say hey and happy birthday! Love y’all- Elizabeth

 

Hi mom and dad! It’s so pretty here and I’m having such a fun time! We finished the Tour de Mont Blanc and are on the way to Spain right now and I’m so excited to be near the ocean. I miss you guys and the dogs tell them I say hi! See you soon love you!-Livie

 

Bonjour famille!! I’m having the most amazing time on this trip and the group is so fun. We finished the TMB yesterday and have made it through 3/4 countries. Super excited for Costa Brava which is where we’re headed now!! Give Clovis a ginormous hug for me, much love to yall see you soon! -Mae

 

Hey ma and pa! I’m having so much fun here and the group is amazing! I really like the food and I’m eating a whole lot! I’ve picked up a few nicknames like Sebastian too! See ya later and say hi to the dogs for me! Love y’all! – Biggy

 

Hi madre and padre. We just got done with the Tour du Mont Blanc. We’re in Geneva again now about to go to Costa Brava. The hiking was very pretty. Hostels and food have been good. We have a really good group. Lots of new friends. Tell Lila and Lucy I miss them (Monkey excluded intended) – Ella

 

Hey gramps and mami, we just finished hiking the TMB and it was awesome. Our group is super cool and everyone is getting along great. Tell Boo I miss her and give the dogs a hug for me. Can’t wait to see y’all soon In Paris -Vance

 

What’s up mom and dad. Hope you are enjoying time without your kids. I’m having a great time with some cool people. I miss you and love you. – whit

 

Fam bam!!!! Go ahead and cancel my flight home because I am staying here. This trip has been absolutely freaking amazing and I am having the time of my life! I miss you guys a lot though and can’t wait to hug your necks again! Hope your enjoying cruising the European coast mom and dad! Tell everyone I say bonjour! Love you guys! – Jax

 

Hey Mom and Dad! Just chilling here in Switzerland with this awesome moondance group having a blast. Had a great birthday over here hiking the TMB! Hope y’all are having fun and I look forward to meeting y’all in Paris. Love y’all. -Conrad

 

Hey everybody! This is absolutely amazing. I’m having so much fun here and my group is amazing. Give everyone a hug for me and I can’t wait to tell you all about it  -Lindsey

 

Hello family! I’m having a blast and I miss y’all and the pups! Love y’all- Corley Haynes

 

Yooooo! What’s up fam back in the states. Right now we are on a train headed to Costa Brava. I am having a blast. Hopefully duke is still home when I get back. Love all of y’all. Also happy Father’s Day dad. Love ya -Max


Safe Arrival in Geneva

June 12, 2019

Hello Chamonix Families,

We are here to tell you all students and leaders have safely arrived in Geneva and the trip has officially begun.

We can’t wait to see where this journey takes them!

-Moondance HQ


Students

  • Conrad
  • Corley
  • Elizabeth
  • Jax
  • Johnny
  • Lindsey
  • Livie
  • Mary Margaret
  • Max
  • Vance
  • Ella
  • Whit

Staff