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Alumnae/i Wilderness Experience Reunion

Bush alumnae/i and Wilderness Program pioneers Rob Corkran and Tom Duffield celebrated the school’s wilderness program at The Bush Methow Campus April 21-23. 
Several guests stayed on site in the rustic lodge accommodations (translation: bunk beds and sleeping bags) and everyone gathered for dinner and a campfire Saturday evening. Mark Johnston ’81 shared the comments of Sally Ormsby ’79. Read her message here or watch it in the video below. Rob Corkran and Tom Duffield each spoke of the early days of the wilderness program at Bush and shared their wishes for continued opportunities for students to engage in the outdoors and the community in the Methow Valley. Read Rob's comments here.

Perhaps the most powerful event of the weekend was the conversation, discussion, and debate among alumnae/i after the comments of Sally, Rob, and Tom. The memories flowed as stories old and new surfaced, and everyone present considered how the new campus can engage a new generation of Bush students and imbue them with the same deep experiential learning that those around the fire remembered.

Over the course of the weekend, alumnae/i and alum teachers reconnected and bonded anew by eating around the breakfast table, climbing Goat Wall, and hiking, biking, and running the Methow Valley trails. Local caterer Stew Deitz provided a delicious meal Saturday night and pie and pastries from The Mazama Store were abundant.