|The Paris Gibson Education Center students on the hike|
|Coming through the gap|
|At the base of the cliffs|
These were government/history, physical ed, and tourism/hospitality students from Great Falls’ alternative high school.
All made the 1,000 feet uphill to clear the high cliffs of the butte and get a history lesson from teacher Matt Murray. I filled in the geology lesson with some tips on the butte’s environmental and tourism possibilities for the students.
This was the second year in a row I’ve helped with the hike. I find it refreshing and fun, particularly when students react with pride that they can climb a high point like this.
I was heartened when two of the students, Joe and Julie, asked for a more extended trip that allowed us to look over the massive cliffs on the north side.
This is part of Murray’s plan to offer monthly trips for these students, many who have never had organized hikes or outdoors experiences available to them.