Initial SPIKE!

We have done it!

Last Friday we returned from our first 5-day Spike of the year.  The week started off strong, with the students diving right into the packing process. Mid-morning both groups were packed, and pulling out of the NYC parking lot to their respective sites.

Each group spent 2 days working at Quamash Prairie, collecting and dispersing native plant seed, helping mitigate the effects of the dump constructed nearby. After a hard day’s work, the crews headed to Fall Creek, where they spent down time fishing, exploring and getting their feet wet.

The other two days and nights were spent near Waldo lake hiking, bushwhacking, fishing, and catching crawdads. Members of both groups went rafting, working together as a group to steer their watercraft either around the edges of Odell Lake for optimum fishing, or in the center of Waldo Lake, where students had the opportunity to gaze deep down into the crystal clear, oligotrophic waters.


A peninsula on Lake Waldo that one group bushwhacked to reach. At this peninsula the students read about the importance of wilderness areas, and spent time doing a written reflection.Waterfeet

Cool down with feet in the glacial-fed lake. Waldo

A moment of relaxation after a hike and bushwhacking.Paddling

Students explore the heart of Waldo Lake via raft.


An eager boat of fishing at Odell Lake resulted in nearly a dozen caught fish, 4 of which were kept for dinner.Fire

After a day of fishing, students built a rack to roast their fresh caught Cockney Salmon over an open fire.Crawdadding



One group of students hiked up to Rosary Lake, and spent the day fishing and collecting over 60 crawdads, which we stored in the water jug seen above.

A good time was had, and now we’re back to the classroom grind post-shower and weekend relaxation.

Initial Spike Photo Album