We are so lucky that we live in Southern Utah.The beauty that surrounds us is amazing. This past week we went on a new hike. It is called the Twisted Forest Trail. It is located just past Brian Head up Parowan Canyon. The Twisted Forest Trail is a short trail that has the Bristlecone Pine trees located on it. The Bristlecone Pines are some of the oldest living things on the planet. They can live for thousands of years. We saw many of these trees that have survived fires, droughts, freezes, and many different types of weather. We used these as metaphors for the things in their lives. The many storms they have encountered in their lives and survived. We discussed the history of abuse and other trauma's they have been victims of. We discussed how this has affected their lives and if they have chosen to be a victim or a survivor. Many of the youth seemed to take the message from this hike and use it as a motivation to change. At the top of the trail we looked out over the view and discussed how at times we have to go through hard trials and it seems that all we do is climb mountains, but at the end it is worth it.
|The beginning of the trail.|
|A view of the "Twisted Forest and a youth pondering our writing assignment.|
|Another youth thinking about the hike. A look at the hill we had to climb.|
|The youth at the top of the hike. The view was amazing!|
|These pictures are from the top. It is an amazing view.|