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JCMH a Great success

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Just last week a group from Jefferson County for Mental Health came up to Breck for 3 days of paddling and hanging around the ropes course. 

 The first day of the course there was a sudden change of plans, as we were going to paddle around Lake Dillon (Dillon Resevoir).  At arrival there was TONS of snow falling from the sky, even some accumulation.  Even more importantly, there was oodles of wind coming at our backs and out to sea so to speak.  We as a group collectively decided to change our plans to paddling up at the F & D Placer site.   This proved to be a VERY good decision as everyone got a chance to paddle the crafts that they wanted, as well as had plenty of time to stick out some lines into the pond.  After a quick lunch we had the opportunity to climb on the wall and have a short hike. 

 The next day proved to be very exciting on the Upper Colorado where Erin and Laura joined the staff to make it down the river.  I had the feeling that this day was the highlight of the day, in fact we had one person decide to jump in just past the hotsprings (which were flooded) to “cool off” for a bit.

The last day the very tired group woke to tackle on the ropes course.  This day was particularly impressive as we had several folks brave their fear of heights and one in particular even put his fears aside to try his hand at the zip line.  It was amazing to watch.

As with any course, there are tons of stories that may never be told.  I wish that there were time to tell them all.  If you have never had the experience of a BOEC course I would urge you to give it a try…   you may learn things inside you that you didn’t know were there.  I always do, every course.

I would like like to extend my deepest gratitude to Jim, Geoff, and Jessica….you folks are amazing and truely helped make JCMH a huge success….

Now for me, it’s off tommorrow to the first Camp Little Tree

Until next time,

Ryan Latham

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