This week, the Lennox Outdoor Leadership Center hosted a winter wilderness FLC for a group of Hyde families. The students and parents, led by Hyde faculty members Megan-Mack Nicholson, Ty Goodwin, and Sean Condon, participated in a three-day wilderness experience where they learned about themselves as individuals and families.
Upon arrival, the group had a long snow-shoe expedition followed by learning winter fire-building skills. As the sun set, they headed inside for a hot meal and seminar time. The next morning began with a great breakfast, courtesy of Ty! After another productive seminar, the families gathered outside for a friendly fire-building contest. It takes a lot of work to burn a little string when the temperature is in the low teens and there’s a foot of snow on the ground. Still, most of our families were successful!
We followed this up with lunch and an epic snow-shoe trek across Flagstaff Lake and the Hyde property. The stark cold and blowing snow did nothing to dampen spirits or prevent us all from appreciating the magnificent views of the Bigelow Range. The hike was long and challenging, including blazing a fresh path through some freshly fallen and very deep powder. Back at the lodge, we continued with our seminars and even had some downtime to collaborate on a jigsaw puzzle. It was an unforgettable experience.