Cleveland Zephyr Outdoor Academy

Category: NOLS


The Edges of Your Comfort Zone

Before leaving camp for the day we talked about habits, competence, style, and life outside of our comfort zone.

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Going Deeper

Today was a day of deep conversations. I was told that initially I was “hard to read,” which came as no surprise. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that, and I think it has something to do with having been a lawyer. The whole idea that you don’t want ’em to see you sweat.

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The Long and Winding Road

The trip became just as much a journey inward as it was a trek through the wilderness. Separated from technology, I found myself contemplating My Self.

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Inside My Head

The substance of our course has been astonishing. We’ve covered so many different topics, in such a dynamic environment. We’ve been able to tease lessons out of the day’s events, blending the day’s experience with education. And that, I believe, is the magic of experiential education.

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Into the Wilderness

I was the first one up after a full 8 hours of sleep. A parent of two children, I rarely get a full night’s sleep. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I waited for my tent-mates and the rest of our crew to wake, and looked up at the mountains that would be our home for the next 10 days, reveling in the peaceful tranquility of the forest.

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The Beginning

I woke at 6 a.m. after a night spent tossing and turning. Nervous, I guess, about what was to come. Was it guilt about leaving my family for a week? Self-doubt? Just plain excitement? I’m still not sure. But I didn’t sleep well.

I did my morning yoga routine in my hotel room, and dutifully reported to the hotel lobby at 7 a.m. where I met 7 of the people with whom I would be spending the next 10 days in wilderness.

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On a Train

Boarding the train at 5am, I wasn’t sure what was in store for me over the next 10 days. I wasn’t nervous so much as I was excited. Excited for the unknown. Excited for an adventure. It had been too long.

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