June 15, 2023 by Don Gentle
Life is good on the mountain! Not only do we enjoy all the wonderful views, cool mornings, a passing shower, and even wonderful sunsets. Mountain life has many advantages. Especially, life at 3000 feet. This morning it was a cool 50 degrees. We got to about 75 degrees today. While that may seem cool to some of you, it is what I call perfect athletic weather. It is a wonderful opportunity to run around! Our elevation allows these reasonable temperatures to be around all summer. Even in the heat of August we still have nights in the mid-sixties. The sun was out almost all day. We had our first thunderstorm rumble through in the afternoon. It was a nice cool-off. the sailors have enjoyed a near-constant breeze almost every day this session.
It was another busy day here on the Rocks. Mountain biking, and canoeing, had trips today while rock climbing had both morning and afternoon trips. Our age group five guys were out on their “Chill Night.”
You will see a lot of team jerseys out there today. the staff made it Jersday Thursday. We even created our own High Rocks Jersey as an early signing bonus a last year. it was a big hit!
Life at High Rocks is about being present in the moment and living. Without the distractions from electronics, politics, and the stresses we put upon our daily routine, you can get down to living. I really enjoy watching it all happen around me. We are into the “meat” of the session now. While I don’t want to be the one to shock you, it’s not always easy. For some boys, just being here is a huge step. For others, it may be going off the rope swing for the first time or getting to the top of the tower. I tell these boys time and time again to “embrace the discomfort.” That is where life is happening. The sweet spot is right at the edge of the discomfort where you feel a little uneasy, but not gripped with fear. If you don’t learn to handle the discomfort, it will all become gripping fear. Anyhow, what I am trying to say is I enjoy watching these boys face some fears, work through some frustration, and have some success. Our staff are very much in tune with the process and are there to help along the way. Check out the successes in the pictures today. Sometimes the view alone is worth it…
I do have some housekeeping notes from Darby. If you are planning on shipping a trunk/duffle home there are two steps. First, please fill out the UPS Store’s form here. If you have questions, you are welcome to call UPS at (828) 883-4701. Second, please email our office to let us know that you wish to have your trunk/duffle shipped and we will deliver your item(s) to the UPS store on Closing Day.
Have a great night!