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Big Wild 2 C • June 28-July 11, 2022

Hello from the wild!

July 3, 2022

Hey howdy hey! It’s Lina and Joseph with the first update from our Big Wild trip! The last 6 days have been filled with adventure, trying new things, and making new friends. Our first full day together we learned a whole lot about fly fishing from the experts at Rendezvous Anglers and everyone got prepared for our backpacking section the next day.

On day 3 Zane, our guide from Camp GROW, led us into an absolutely stunning alpine meadow in the Wind River Range where we set up our base camp. Everyone was really excited to play fly fishing, so we took our rods down into Cedric’s meadow that had a snaking stream where Harrison caught two fish his very first time ever fly fishing! The rest of the day was spent getting camp all set up and learning about playing in the back country. Charlotte was especially excited about the opportunity to get of her comfort zone and try so many new things.

The next day we got up and went fishing again where this time both Cate and Willa hooked a fish for the first time! Matthew was the only one today who actually got his hands on a fish for a picture, but he was just fooling us with a dead fish he found on the River bank. After a beautiful morning for fishing, we went back up to camp for lunch but a crazy big hailstorm came rushing in out of nowhere. We all huddled in our tents for only a few minutes while marbles of hail pounded on the rain flies. When the storm passed, we came out to see an inch of sit ice on the ground and we promptly engaged in a customary summer snowball fight. Shortly after, our leaders of the day, Whit and Olivia led us through an unexpectedly adventurous day hike through a jungle gym of fallen pine trees from a recent blowdown. Olivia and Whit made the right call when the trees got too thick that we weren’t able to get to the view we wanted. But we did get the opportunity to learn about forest dynamics such as wind working to open up space for new trees, as well as factors like the mountain pine beetle and wildfires which increase the damage. Dinner tonight was one of our best, BBQ chicken quesadillas and Baker helped a lot and learned even more about some new cooking skills. Our evening ended with a rousing game of “Contact” and one of many breathtaking sunsets.

We hiked out early the next morning to get to make pancakes cheffed up by Charlotte, Annie and Margaux, and get on our way back to town for showers. We stopped for some yummy soft serve ice cream on our way back to our campsite at Mountain Springs Ranch. Tal gave his all during the most fun car ride with his excitement and singing along with the music. We had some time before dinner for spikeball where Brady and Margaux proved to be an almost unstoppable team with a 10-0 record. That is until Annie and Tal finally broke their streak.

Today we are making the long drive to the Salmon River in Idaho for rafting. Wyoming saw us off well though as we saw a massive male moose walking through town and two bald eagles perched on a fence. I’d say that it has been a fantastic first couple days and we are ready for more! Talk soon!!!


  • Joseph and Lina

Safe Arrival in Salt Lake City!

June 28, 2022

Hello Big Wild Families!

We just heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Salt Lake City. 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


  • Matthew
  • Margaux
  • Harrison
  • Willa
  • Olivia
  • Annie
  • Brady
  • Charlotte
  • Whit
  • Tal
  • Cate
  • Baker