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Big Wild 2 B • June 28-July 11, 2022

The Saddest Good-bye!

July 29, 2022

Dear BGW 3B family and friends,

We cannot believe we are writing our final trip update of the summer! What a fabulous group we got to end our Big Wild adventures with. We have had such a memorable and fun past 2 weeks together. We finished up our trip with some awesome fly fishing and backpacking in the Wind River Range! Despite all the other great parts of our trip, this was an especially wonderful note to end on.

After a long drive to Glenns Ferry, Idaho, we woke up the next morning for a day of driving to Boulder, Wyoming. This group were huge fans of the van so they loved anytime we got to spend in it. While on the way, we did some much needed laundry and listened to lots of Zach Bryan – the groups favorite singer. We drove to Boulder where we would be spending the next two nights and spent lots of time hanging out around the fire. Davis was our fire master and always helped keep it going which also kept the mosquitos away.

The next morning, we woke up early for our fly fishing lesson. This group was super excited to learn how to rig up a fly rod and look at a few different flies you could use. We knew all of this would come in handy once we headed off for backpacking. The lesson was right on a pretty river that had the Winds as a backdrop. We then went into the town of Pinedale to check out the Great Outdoor Shop and Fly Shop. Liza and MA bought some awesome new hats and Trey and Alex got matching coon hats from the Cowboy Shop. We went to Fremont Lake for lunch and spent some time playing hacky sack there. For the afternoon, we decided to check out the fish hatchery in Boulder. For a lot of us, we had never seen one of these before and it was super fascinating to check out the different fish they had. We also did a little fishing around the ponds by the fish hatchery and had a moose sighting! For dinner, James cooked up some delicious steak, mac n cheese, and Caesar salad for dinner. This was such a treat and a great pre-backpacking meal. Overall, it was a great, chill day before heading into the backcountry!

We spent the morning packing and dividing up group gear among us to get ready for backpacking. We also met up with our guide Zane, who the entire group loved getting to spend time with. We headed to Big Sandy trailhead which is where we started our hike into the Winds. It is a beautiful, roughly 7 mile trail that ends up at multiple different lakes. The entire trail goes along a really clear creek and ends up at a big lake. The Big Sandy lake is surrounded by wildflowers and big mountains that remind me of Yosemite. While on our hike, Bennett’s good eye spooted a moose and its little baby. We spent some time watching them and were so excited about this wildlife spotting. For our final mile, the trail is mostly up hill, but our group made it to our campsite in record time. We were all so excited to see Blue Lake which is where we camped beside for the next two nights. It is a breathtaking lake and the views are incredible. It is super special to have it all to yourself and everyone started fishing right away. Trey and Davis might have been tied for catching the most fish, but James was also up there. We set up camp, watched a pretty sunset over the lake, and ate some yummy terriyaki chicken, veggies, and rice for dinner. Kesly showed off her great singing voice by the fire and Emily was making us all laugh as she sat bundled up in her sleeping bag for most of the night. It was a long day of hiking and everyone was ready to sleep that night.

We woke up the next day, after getting to sleep in, and had some delicious M&M pancakes for breakfast. These were a hit and Eddie said they were “double buss.” We spent the morning doing a lot of fishing which was so fun considering these fish would eat anything. Lots of beautiful brook trout and the entire trail around the lake had perfect spots to fly fish. Presley and Kelsy especially loved fly fishing and did it for a good 4 hours. Liza, Emily, and Adelaide enjoyed tanning and swimming on the giant rocks in the middle of the lake. It was very relaxing and a nice way to spend the day in the sunshine! Later in the afternoon, some of the people in our group hiked up to Lost Lake which was about a .5 mile hike from where we were. While they were up there, Zane, Alex, and Bennett climbed to the top of an awesome waterfall that overlooked the lake. James caught the biggest fish of the trip, too! This was a fun day hike and we were excited to discover this awesome lake. The boys also helped James cook up some of the fish we caught which was SO good. Liza and Lindsey also were huge helps doing the dishes since we had been cooking so much. We had some yummy pasta for dinner later and enjoyed our last Moonup in the backcountry before our hike out the next morning. We all agreed how cool this spot was and spent lots of time sitting around the fire talking and laughing. You could tell how close this group was and that they genuinely loved spending time with one another. It is special to see such strong friendships form in such a short period of time!

On our last day of the trip, we woke up early to hike the 7 miles backout. After making it around the lake to the trail, we had our very first bear sighting of the entire summer! This was SO exciting! It was a black bear and we were able to take a quick picture of it before it ran up the hill. We were pumped about this and had made a bet with the kids that we would give them a prize if they spotted a bear on the trip. Since Davis saw the bear he was the lucky winner! After a speedy hike down now that our packs were a little lighter, we were fired up to make it back to our lovely van. We got all of our gear packed up and headed to the Pinedale Aquatic Center for some much needed showers. We were suprised to find out that there was also an indoor waterpark with a giant waterslide, lazy river, and hot tub. This was so fun and everyone enjoyed playing around in there. We then got on the road and headed to Salt Lake for our banquet dinner at In-N-Out. A must go to spot in the West, this was a super fun place to have our final meal together. On our way to the campsite, we also stopped at a nice beach on the Salt Lake to watch the sunset and play some hacky sack. It was so great to soak up our final moments together as our trip was coming to a close. We shared our biggest takeaways and first thing we were going to do when we got home at our final Moonup. We could not believe that our trip flew by this quickly.

Now that everyone has made it home safely, we want to say a big THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your awesome and rockstar kids with us. We learned so much from each one of them and loved getting the chance to get to know them over the past 14 days. This was a special group to end on and we hope they had the trip of a lifetime. They are the reason these trips are so fun to lead! We hope to keep in touch and will always remember the memories we made with one another. Last group, best group!

With love,
James and Walker

The Saddest Good-bye!

July 11, 2022

Dear Big Wild B Family and Friends,


That might have been the fastest two weeks ever and we cannot believe we are already writing our final trip update. Our time together with this group flew by and was a total blast! We cannot wait for you to hear all their stories. We ended the trip on a high note with our fly fishing and backpacking section to wrap up our fun Out West. While this is one of the harder sections of the trip, this group absolutely crushed it and made the most of our last few days together in the Wind River Range!


After a great night of sleep in Glenn’s Ferry, ID, we packed up our bags and headed to Oxbow Diner in Bliss, Idaho. This was for sure one of the highlights of the trip. The food at the diner is about the best breakfast that we have ever had. The vanilla custard French toast was the biggest hit for sure and the kids demolished. After eating we finished our drive to Pinedale, Wyoming where we stopped at The Great Outdoor Shop. Alex got a nice fuzzy warm hat that the whole group agreed that he looked great in. Gray and Worth both got hacky sacks and many of the other kids got stickers and other knick knacks. We then headed to GROW Ranch where we encountered our first real challenge of the trip…. Mosquitoes. I have never seen so many in my life and the kids all agreed. Some locals say that it is comparable to Alaska with the density of bugs. Long sleeves, socks, and head nets were a huge necessity. We started a fire at the ranch to smoke out some of the bugs which worked. We then cooked burgers and dogs and sat around the fire and talked. It was a great first night at GROW! The next morning, we drove to the North Fork River for a wonderful fly-fishing lesson. We learned entomology, how to rig up a rod, and how to properly cast. These were tasks that would come in super handy while backpacking. After the lesson, we ate lunch and headed to Boulder Lake. Everyone swam in the frigid water, and it was a great way to cool off and escape the bugs! We stopped at the Boulder Store where all the kids got freeze dried skittles and all kinds of sugary snacks. Then, we went back to camp and prepared for our backpacking journey in the Wind River Range. We packed all the food and gear we needed and enjoyed a nice pita pizza dinner. We went to bed early so we could all be well rested for the day ahead!


We woke up the next day and loaded up quick so we could start the short drive to Big Sandy trailhead. Once we arrived, we all filled our water bottles and ate a hearty lunch. Then, we began our seven mile hike up to Blue Lake. The first six miles were a breeze but once we got to the final leg of the hike it became much harder. We had to hike straight uphill to Blue Lake, which was not the most fun, but after a few hours we finally made it. All the kids took off their packs and immediately plunged into the crystal-clear lake. Taking your shoes off was one of the best feelings of the trip. We found a nice grassy spot to set up camp. We pitched our tents and made a fire quickly to keep the bugs deterred. We all set up our fly rods and immediately started to catch fish. I think almost everyone in the group was able to reel in a Brook Trout. In total as a group, I’m sure we caught well over 200 fish. It was spectacular and the fish would eat a bare hook they were so hungry. We had teriyaki chicken and rice bowls for dinner, and they were so yummy all the kids cleaned their plate. We had a wonderful Moon-up around the fire and then headed to our tents to escape the ruthless mosquitoes that were hovering in the millions around camp.


After hiking such a long way, the day before, we decided to have a chill day at base camp. We spent the day fishing, swimming, tanning, and just enjoying being with each other for our last full day in the mountains. Alex, Griffin, and Gray were especially committed to catching lots of fish so we could cook some for dinner. Louise and Ella also caught two fish that morning! Worth, Will, and Liam all decided to swim across the entire lake despite the water being very chilly. Reynolds and Isabelle led the girls to an elite hang out spot on big rocks that were a perfect place to tan or jump in for a swim. The nice wind kept the crazy mosquitoes away for most of the morning which was a great break from wearing the mosquito head nets. Later, the boys discovered a patch of sand higher up the rocks and had fun throwing snowballs down at the girls trying to relax by the lake. This kept them entertained for a while and it was a fun discovery to see snow in the middle of the summer.  After a big chicken pasta dinner, we played girls vs boys charades based on our trip. It was hilarious and a fun way to recap memorable moments of our trip! After Moon-up and getting packed up for our early morning hike out, Liam was kind enough to rig up his fly rod for me to catch my first fish of the trip which was very exciting. Overall, we could not have asked for a more beautiful spot to spend our three days in the back country. I think the views and camping set up exceeded our expectations and getting to catch so many fish was a HUGE surprise after not being able to catch any the first part of the summer.


We woke up early on our last day to pack up all our gear and do the same 7-mile hike back out. Gray and Mary Grace were our LODs and led us out of there in record time. Everyone was pumped to make it to the van where we unpacked all our gear and headed to Pinedale for some food. We happened to be in Pinedale for their annual Rendezvous Festival where they had a bunch of food trucks set up. This was a perfect place for a post backpacking meal! While some people went for homemade quesadillas, Griffin and Ella found funnel cakes. We hopped back in the van and continued our drive back to Salt Lake. Van rides have been a favorite part of the trip for everyone, and we have listened to lots of podcasts and music over the past 14 days together! Once making it to Salt Lake we finally got to take a shower and surprised the kids by going to In-N-Out for our banquet dinner. It was SO good, and all our food was gone in less than 5 minutes. Will and Louise also especially loved their shakes that were apparently the perfect milkshake thickness. Griffin, Worth, Liam, and Gray (aka the dish boys) were also all gifted In-N-Out t-shirts as a reward for their dedication to helping with the dishes for the entire trip. This was well earned, and we were impressed with their ability to follow through with this challenge James gave them on the first night of the trip. After dinner, we stopped at a sandy beach along the Great Salt Lake to watch the pretty sunset together. It was the perfect way to wrap up our fantastic trip!


We want to end by saying a huge thank you for sharing your awesome kids with us this past 2 weeks. We loved getting to know each one of them and will miss their constant entertainment. Thank you for trusting us and giving them this trip of a lifetime that we hope they will never forget! They have created genuine friendships with one another and have grown so much over such a short amount of time. We are so proud of each and every one of the kids in this group. We feel lucky to have gotten this special time together and know they are ready to take on high school this year. Thank you again, they are the reason this job is the greatest! Big Wild B, y’all are the best. Don’t forget about us!


With love,

James and Walker

Rafting in Idaho!

July 6, 2022

Hey guys!

Big Wild B checking in from Idaho! Wow. What a fantastic past four days we have had on the Salmon and easily the favorite part of the trip so far. Rafting was a total blast and brought our group SO close to one another. We cannot believe we have already hit our halfway point and James and I both could not love these kids more. I personally have not stopped laughing for a week considering these kids and James are all hilarious. They all know how to bring the fun and are truly making the most of their time on this incredible trip. Now here is a recap of our journey to Idaho!

This first morning we woke up at the crack of dawn to make our trek to McCall, Idaho. It was a long drive but super pretty. We stopped in Twin Falls at Chick-fil-A to get some biscuits for breakfast. All the kids were super excited to stop there as well as go to Target across the street for some Fourth of July supplies. Ellie and Louise wanted to get some small lacrosse sticks to practice because they don’t have their own and these have been super fun to use in our free time! We eventually made it to McCall that day and it was a super nice evening. We loved seeing the enthusiasm of the entire group to jump into the awesome lake right next to our campsite when we hopped out of the van. The water was chilly but refreshing and there was a great dock for us all to hang out on. Later on, Walker and I taught all of the kids how to hacky sack. Considering our group is full of competitive energy, this was a fan favorite and we got our high score of 15 later that day as a group. This was pretty great for a brand-new group of sack players! We ate a super yummy pasta dinner and headed into downtown McCall to get some ice cream from Ice Cream Alley which is famous for its massive scoops. They were HUGE! One scoop is almost too much but Alex and Liam took on the challenge of two scoops. They are about the size of a grapefruit but they both somehow finished their ice cream. There were so many good flavors including Huckleberry and Chocolate Caramel Pretzel. We ended up walking down to a sandy beach area on the lake to finish our ice cream, play more hacky sack, and watch the sunset. McCall is a super cool little town and it was great to have this time to explore it. We finished the day with Moonup on the dock where Reynolds jumped in the lake in the middle of telling a story as LOD. None of us saw this coming and were surprised by it considering she had just taken a shower. She knows how to keep us on our toes and always laughing. We slept under the stars before waking up early the next day to drive to rafting!


For day 1 of rafting, we drove to Riggins, Idaho where we met up with our raft guides Trista, Chloe, and Melissa. The river was packed considering it was 4th of July weekend and we were fired up that the water was low enough for us to camp the entire time on beaches along the river. We also were excited to not have to wear wetsuits and be able to enjoy the sunshine. We loaded up all our stuff for camping into dry bags and got a safety talk from our guides before getting on the river. There were a good amount of nerves amongst the group, especially people who had never rafted before, but once we went through our first big rapid everyone was loving it. In my raft, Gray picked the front right spot which is known for being the one that gets the wettest. This was indeed true and he had the biggest smile on his face as he got absolutely soaked. We enjoyed sandwiches for lunch on the side of the river and then got back into some more rapids before reaching our beach to sleep on for the night. We set up camp on this long, skinny, sandy beach that we had all to ourselves. The kitchen was on one side while our tents were on the other. In between we had spikeball and a beach volleyball court set up. It felt like having a private beach all to yourself right along the river with beautiful green mountains all around you. It is hard to describe how cool and unique the whole thing is. It is so peaceful to fall asleep to the sound of the river and have the perfect cool weather at night. Our guides cooked burgers for dinner and pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. Both were delicious! It is such a treat for us all to have people cooking for us. We swam in the river, played lots of competitive spikeball, and just enjoyed getting to hang out with each other!

Day 2 of rafting was the biggest white water we saw of the entire trip. We hit two pretty big class III/IV rapids before lunch and absolutely crushed them both without anyone falling out. The raft full of girls came up with a paddling chant that they would scream to stay in sync with one another through the big water. Reynolds and Isabelle both took turns being the leader of the chant to keep everyone in the raft on the same page. Their loud voices were key in communicating with everyone in order to make it through the rapids safely. After lunch, we reached the most fun rapid of the day called Time Zone, and Liam was pumped to record the entire thing on the GoPro. After lunch, the sky started to get a little darker. We still had a good 15 miles to go and all of the sudden it started to pour. We even had some hail that came out of nowhere. Instead of complaining and freaking out about this less than ideal weather, the girls’ raft broke out in song. Ella and Ellie were the ring leaders of the different songs we sang to keep us distracted and having fun amidst the thunderstorm. Our guide Trista even joined in and had a great voice. The boys’ raft would start barking every time we saw another group on the river, but again was a funny distraction when we were all very cold. Thankfully the rain cleared up once we made it to camp and we were able to switch into dry clothes right away. James and I were both so proud of how this group handled this moment of adversity when the thunderstorm hit. Their ability to remain calm and positive allowed us to push through and not let some rain ruin our day. Once arriving at our next beach for the night, Alex and Worth came up with a game later named Salmon Ball. It is most easily described as a mix between spike ball and beach volleyball. Two courts were set up and everyone was in teams of two to play. This game was SO fun and we played for at least 4 hours. Everyone got super into it and there was lots of strong competition among this athletic group. James and I dominated on the Salmon Ball court and were undefeated despite almost losing to Griffin and Alex. When we were not playing Salmon Ball, lots of the boys enjoyed doing push-ups because of Worth’s encouragement to get “gains.” This has become a frequently used word on our trip that I don’t think I had heard of before. Alex has kept us entertained with lots of stories from Sumter, South Carolina where everyone now wants to go and visit. One of our LODs for the day, Mary Grace, also shared a great quote at Moonup that perfectly summed up how we handled the rainstorm and pushed through this moment as a group.

For the 4th of July and our final big day of rafting, we started off the morning with French toast and bacon. The kids were excited for our last full day on the river which ended up being more chill than our other ones. We ate lunch on a beach where the entire group spent a good 30 minutes trying to build a sand tunnel to catch a big fish. We enjoyed some yummy taco salad and the girls even took a nap while we hung out there. Louise, Worth, Will, Ellie, Alex, and Liam all took a turn trying to row the raft with the oars which was way harder than our raft guides made it look. We were thankful for a day of sunny skies and no rain. Once arriving at our final beach for our last night on the Salmon, the kids quickly set up their tents in order to get started on our Salmon Ball tournament. Alex and Worth took the time to not only mark out the court but also came up with an innovative way to smooth out the sandy court with a sleeping pad. It was fun to watch and play Salmon Ball since the entire group was into it. The different teams were Gray and Isabelle, Ellie and Louise, Worth and Ella, Reynolds and MG, Will and Liam, Griffin and Alex, and James and Walker. James and I were both absolute legends and undefeated in Salmon ball so it was no surprise when we came away with the championship title. We had to have at least three line judges per game to keep everyone in line. We saw the best sunset of the rafting trip and all put on some red, white and blue glow sticks to celebrate. Mary Grace and Louise also put red and blue face paint on people to be extra patriotic! We had a talent show and s’mores which were a fun and special way to end this part of the trip.

Overall, the rafting was just the best. Liam and Will especially stood out as huge helpers when loading and unloading the gear boat each day. The whole group’s help with dishes each night was also great and our guides were super impressed with everyone’s constant “thank yous” and always asking for ways to help out. As leaders, we also think this group deserves to be spoken highly about and it has been so fun to watch everyone step up as leaders in different ways over the past 7 days. Everyone has grown so close to one another and their constant fun energy is so contagious. We cannot wait to watch them absolutely crush our backpacking section next! We are now headed back to Wyoming and ready to go explore the Wind River Range.

We are excited for y’all to hear even more details about the trip from them, but until then, here is a quick shout-out from each person in the group!

Until next time,

Walker and James


Reynolds – hey mom and dad I miss all of y’all so much, I am having so much fun. Will and Alex want you all to tell Winslow they said hey.


Ellie – hi mom I, having so much fun and I only miss tyler but I miss u and duke so much and can’t wait to see u soon. Love u xoxo


Ella – hey family members I miss you very much but I’m having so much fun out here in WYOMING aye. Tell majj I miss him so much  love y’all


Louise – hi mom dad bea and Edie! I miss you so much. I’m having so so much fun and I love my group and leaders. Love you


Isabelle -hi mom and dad I’m having so much fun. I miss y’all and can’t wait to see y’all soon love you


Mary Grace – hey y’all, I am having so much fun right now! I hope y’all had fun yesterday for the 4th! I miss y’all, and can’t wait to see y’all soon! Xoxo Mary Grace


Will – hey mom and dad I am having so much fun. I miss Minnie and y’all


Worth – hey slimes I’m having a good time but low key the driving is a little boring. I can’t wait to see y’all. Costa Rica is finna be lit


Gray – hi mom and dad Im having a lot of fun and can’t wait to see you. Love you


Liam – hey mom and dad I am having so much fun this week y’all wish you were here low key.


Griffin – hi mom and dad I am having so much fun here and can’t wait to see y’all in a few days. Love you


Alex – yo mum and dad I’m having a spectacular time and this is way better than Woodberry and I miss y’all


James – hi fam miss y’all


Welcome to Wyoming!

July 1, 2022

Hello from Wyoming!

Our trip is off to a fantastic start, and we are so excited to finally all be together as a group! We were glad that everyone’s flight was able to arrive early enough for us to start our drive to Jackson Hole. After throwing all of our stuff in the Uhaul, we hopped on the road for our first van ride! You would think this group had already known each other for a week considering the volume level and energy of our first few hours together. Some highlights of this drive included starting our trip long road trip trivia game where everyone is given points to trivia questions that either James or Walker come up with anytime to win a grand prize. This got pretty heated, and we are looking forward to seeing the outcome. In addition to crushing the first few trivia questions, Ellie gave each person a fun nickname during our ride. Once making it to Wyoming, we celebrated our first night together with some delicious Pinky G’s pizza that disappeared in 10 seconds. We lucked out with an awesome campsite that has a great view of the Tetons and a perfect set of trees where the girls were excited to set up their enos. After learning how to properly set up a tent from their speedy tent expert leaders, everyone was fired up for the first night of sleeping outside. We ended the day with an introductory Moonup which is a special way for us to reflect on each day as a group. We all shared what we are most looking forward to on the trip and were ready to wake up for day 1 of climbing!

For the first day of climbing, we went into Teton village for level 1 of climbing school with Louise and Griffin as our first Leaders of the Day (LODs). We started the day off by riding up the tram then took a short hike to the rock face. Here we learned what the many climbing devices were called as well as the right way to communicate when climbing. We executed a few smaller climbs before moving into some more challenging ones. It was a great day and the weather couldn’t have been better! We did a caterpillar multi-section climb where we were all connected as a group making our way up the rock. Isabelle fearlessly led the group for the entire time up. The views were amazing, and everyone successfully finished the climb! We finished the day with a rappel and climb to prepare for our next climbing day. Even Will and Alex conquered the rappelling after feeling nervous about it at first but realized after doing it how fun it was. We were so proud to see the entire group crush a pretty challenging climb for many of the kids first time climbing on real rock. After climbing school we drove back to camp to hang out and relax. During free time, the spike ball net has caused extreme competitiveness. Ellie and Louise won 4 games in a row. This made the boys come and get James to be all time referee to keep the peace when the competitive energy was high. Safe to say they were all chapped about the loss. Later on, we cooked cheeseburgers that were delicious and the perfect meal after a long day of climbing. After cooking, we were very impressed that Worth, Griffin, Gray and Liam had volunteered to do the dishes for not only that night, but also the next two weeks. We are excited to see how long this lasts but love the courage they have to get their hands dirty! We cleaned up camp and headed to the Jackson Hole Rodeo. The kids had been talking about this all day and it was without a doubt the highlight of the day and trip so far! As leaders we were also pumped since we did not get to go to the rodeo on our first trip. We watched tons of bull riding, barrel racing, and calf roping while eating some popcorn and ice cream. Reynolds kept us all laughing during the rodeo as she stood up and sang “Don’t Stop Believin’” in order to try to win loudest fan at the rodeo and Liam caught a cool frisbee for us to use the rest of the trip. Everyone was bummed that the mutton busting section of the rodeo wasn’t happening that night because they all wanted to participate. The rodeo met our high expectations and was an awesome night!

Today, we had our second day of climbing school in the Tetons with Ellie and Will as our LODs. We started the day by making some bagels and bacon. We then drove to Jenny Lake to meet up with our Exum guides for the day. We grabbed our gear and headed to Inspiration Point where we would climb some much harder rock faces. We got to ride across the crystal-clear water of Jenny Lake on a boat that has a breathtaking view of the Tetons. The views from Cascade Canyon were also incredible and we all agreed it was a great spot to eat lunch! We all climbed a combination of four different routes and got to cheer everyone else on when we were not climbing. Liam and Reynolds confidently volunteered to climb first and absolutely crushed all of the different routes of ranging difficulty. Ella and Alex also blew us away as they scrambled up the hardest route that started off with a rock face slanted at a super difficult angle to get up. They both made it look easy and had the biggest smiles on their face when they reached the top. Mary Grace also deserved the award for speediest climb as she would get to the top faster then anyone else in our group! We finished the day with a 100 foot rappel overlooking the entire lake. Overall, climbing school has been an absolute blast and a great way to start the trip off. Not only are the Exum Guides the best of the best, but also this group of kids are climbing superstars!

After another spectacular day of climbing, we headed back to camp for dinner. Burritos were a huge hit, and we will definitely have them again. We then headed into Jackson for a walk around downtown. Will and Gray grabbed a milkshake while everyone else got some cool Jackson merchandise. The girls got some home-made ice cream from Moo’s and Jackson merch as well. We ended the night by going to watch the sunset over the Tetons at a famous barn. The entire group slept under the stars and Griffin spotted at least three shooting stars. We cannot wait to raft the Salmon and spend the 4th of July on the river! We cannot wait for the fun to continue and to make more memories together on our next section of the trip.

Off to Idaho,

Walker + James

Arrived in Salt Lake City!

June 29, 2022

Hello Big Wild Families!

The whole group arrived safely in Salt Lake City yesterday and today they are on their way to their first activity. We have heard from our leaders that the trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.

Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!

– Moondance HQ


  • Liam
  • Ellie
  • Griffin
  • Thomas
  • Mary
  • Alex
  • Isabelle
  • Worth
  • Reynolds
  • Ella
  • Louise
  • William