Hiking, fishing and horseback riding fill the trip with fun
As the school year came to a close, 11 Middle School students and two chaperones headed out west to continue time with some classmates while exploring some of this country's greatest natural beauty.
The group flew to Missoula, Montana, where they were met by their cowboy hosts from Rich Ranch, located in Seeley Lake, Montana. The ranch would serve as home for the group, and from that comfortable base the students and their chaperones enjoyed horseback rides, hikes and exploring the region.
Included in their week's activities was a visit to nearby Garnet Ghost Town, established in the late 1800s by miners seeking gold and which one-time had a population of 1000. Today, many of the town's buildings and artifacts remain intact and give a sense of the style of life that once was the norm in this part of the country.
Hikes and horseback riding took the students through breathtaking trails around Rich Ranch. "The views are spectacular and can never be captured in a camera," remarked Kyra and Hannah on the trip's blog.
The students also tried their hands at fly fishing, first learning the technique on land before heading for the ponds. "Many of us caught trout," the blog writers proudly proclaimed. They visited a park ranger station in Lincoln where they learned about the local bear population, and checked out "Gus," the largest larch tree in the U.S. which is taller than the Statue of Liberty and wide enough for 15 people to circle while linked together.