Friday, October 1, 2010

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Fort Washakie Wilderness Expedition

Ten day course, seventeen miles, nine outdoor expedition days.

Self leadership was my skill. Active follower-ship was my motto. 
"Expedition members show good leadership by following the leadership of others. They should all participate in the group process, model good EB, and support the leader by seeking clarification, giving input, and respecting the group's plan. Active followers generally work for the betterment of the group and it's goals."

I was a chaperone for a group of seven young ladies, I was one of then women to travel for seventeen miles through the Wind River Mountains. I saw a new world and gave myself time to heal my heart and get back in touch with my body. My babies stayed behind with their father and I woke up every day thinking about them and ended each night knowing that they were safe and had my love to protect them.

We saw wilderness and experienced things none of us will ever forget. I respect the gift of life and I respect the leadership I've seen in these young women. When the time comes for them to mother their own children or lead their families they will be capable and ready to step up. I know this in my heart and I believe they've learned skills that none of us know how to describe.