On Our Way The Southwest Chief, an Amtrak Superliner, rambles its way from Chicago through the heartland of America. Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico pass by the windows in a blur as plains turn to desert, then mountains, and graffitied brick turns to weathered barns and eventually to adobe compounds on scrub-brush […]Read More 10/27: Experiencing the Desert Southwest
As I write this post the Gap Squad is on an Amtrak train headed away from the city of Chicago. We’ve got all our bags with us, but the most important thing we carry in this moment is a new perspective. We had all been to Chicago before. Some of us think of it as […]Read More 10/11: Study and Service in Chicago
The squish of mud. The spray of water on your face as you paddle. The weight of the canoe on your shoulders – your amphibious adventure vehicle. Cool morning mist. The water warmer than air. Cold damp socks. Hot coffee. The hum of the wild as you drift off to sleep. Branches cracking. The brightest […]Read More 9/21: Canoeing the Boundary Waters
The past seven days have been awe-inspiring. Challenging, scenic, rainy, sunny, wet, cozy, exhausting, energizing, ironically stylish, forming, norming, building, packing, transitional, thought-provoking, steep, heavy, rewarding, muddy, slippery, hilarious, and… EXPEDITIONARY The group returned yesterday to Home Place from the Superior Hiking Trail after a growth-filled week. Altogether we have logged 40+ miles carrying 60+ […]Read More 9/7: Return from Backpacking
Our first full day in the woods has been challenging, rewarding and full of new skills to learn! This morning we got to know each other better and see how well we work in teams through different games such as tanks and commanders and a variation on red light green light. The games depended on […]Read More 8/30: Reaching New Heights
Outward Bound, founded in 1941, was named for the International Code Flag that flies on ships leaving port. The name represents leaving the familiar and comfortable and committing onesself to the spoils and toils of the journey unknown. This morning our Gap Crew met early in the now familiar harbor of St. Norbert’s campus for […]Read More 8/29: Outward Bound
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