Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail
Move over United States Postal Service, neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the graduate program from connecting with this place.
Alumni and current students gathered November 6th through the 8th for the First Annual Graduate Program Alumni Reunion. Along with friends, family, and faculty of the graduate program, we enjoyed an energetic dinner filled with reminiscing and laughter. Known for our friendly competitive nature, we engaged in a battle of wits and strengthâ€”a trivia night to remember. From North Cascades knowledge to a raingear relay, from a campfire song sing-off to mystery granola identification, our wisdom and vigor was challenged. Conquering the final night-time scavenger hunt mission, the winning team received pennywhistles, which with they will attempt to master in the same fashion as our own Executive Director, Saul Weisberg.
The next morning, we headed out into the elements for a photo scavenger hunt. Given a list of tasks, each team gained points for photos that captured the completion of these tasks, awarding points for difficulty, creativity, and bribery. As typical Northwest torrents poured on us, cameras captured glimpses of team hugs, reenactments of the Davis family, nature art, and notable places from Mountain School in Newhalem. Also known for our determination and perseverance, many grads and alumni ventured into Diablo Lake in order to earn the most points. The winning team, relentlessly tough, achieved victory by swimming under the glacial waters of our green lake on a day where temperatures would drop and snow would fall.
That night, we attended the Sourdough Speaker Series featuring graduate program faculty Dr. John Miles. In addition to an exceptional meal, we enjoyed a spirited discussion on the state of wilderness in the national parks. That night, we were mesmerized by huge snowflakes blanketing the Learning Center for the first time this winter. The next morning, some assisted in naturalist activities such as hikes on Learning Center trails, while others jumped in the big canoe to admire the freshly fallen snow glimmering in the sunlight.
Thank you to all alumni, students, friends, family, and faculty for supporting the graduate program and making this yearâ€™s reunion such a success!