With the end of high school comes the senior prank and I loved ours. In years past classes had vandalized things and gave the senior prank a really bad tone. This year our class decided to have a friendly beach party in which we blocked off the entire parking lot for the rest of the school. It was hilarious to watch people to attempt to get in. People brought grills, we ate french toast, played giant beach volleyball and had a good ol’ water balloon fight.  It was probably one of the best experiences of this year and all of high school. The comradery  was awesome and our principle even joined in our pictures and had some breakfast. It was good ol’ fun hopefully helped to eliminate some of the bad stigma about senior pranks for future classes.  It goes to show that some times the best fun is simple easy and carefree.

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Thank you to my class for keeping it classy and for an incredible high school experience. Party on.


The Island Life

Over spring break this last year I went to the beautiful state of Hawaii. I truthfully didn’t know what to expect from such a trip, but I can tell you, it definitely changed me. The whole trip started off on a Sunday, boarding the plane in cold winter stricken Montana. From here we flew to Salt Lake City and practically had to run to our next gate to avoid missing our flight to Los Angeles. The worst part of the trip had to have been the 5 1/2 hour flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Then from Honolulu, we flew to a little airport on the island of Maui, arriving at 10:30 local time, 2:30 am Montana


The next day was the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen, 80 degrees by noon and the sun was out. The first day we spent on the beach, getting groceries, and catching some Z’s. The second day, we took advantage of still being jet lagged and went to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. Haleakala. We had to wake up at 4 in the morning and drive the winding road up the side of the dormant volcano. The wind was piercing and it was dark.  It was completely worth it.


The adventure to see the more remote places of the island of Maui was calling us, next thing on our plate was the road to Hana. 40 miles of winding road through the rainforest of Maui.  Those 40 miles consist of 59 bridges, 49 of which are one lane,  and around 620 curves in the road. If you don’t stop along the route it will take you about 2.5 hours to complete. If you don’t stop though, you’ll be missing some beautiful sights.



Those trees are naturally that color, it reminds me of something out of Dr. Suess.
The last days we were there we spent on the beach, either snorkeling or just relaxing. We did go up for a zip lining tour, which was my favorite part. However, I don’t have any pictures from that adventure to share with you guys. On that trip I did meet two of the coolest people I have ever met. Joe, was one guide that was from California and he was the stereotypical beach bum. Our other guide, Loki, was half Samoan and half Navajo Indian. He was a giant of a man and could be a comedian. Those two made the experience that much more fun.
This trip really opened my eyes to how truly beautiful a place can be without needing the frigid mountain air and the high altitudes. The people of Hawaii are some of my favorite people I have ever met and I highly recommend visiting. I can’t wait to go back. I love it there.

Go outside, Go play

There is a trend in the world today. An all to sad one. Kids bury their faces in empty screens that show no emotion. They spend less than 8 minuets outside a day.  Being outside is a punishment. They fail to see the beauty of the grass, the possibilities of the cardboard box. The fabulous lego structures good enough to be Michelangelo.


Ever since I was a young spry kid, I was building and engineering things. My favorite toy was the box that all the other toys came in. I would play with that box for hours and create forts and draw and paint it. I would crawl inside and build fortresses out of my blocks and lincoln logs. I loved boxes. My box forts continued to grow larger and more complex as I grew older. At the time I had entered preschool my Dad worked at Hooked On Phonix and one day he brought me home some gigantic foam letters from his office and my brother, my best friend Kayla, and I spent days building what we thought was the greatest fort mankind had ever built. We painted it and designed furniture for the inside and it became the best hangout spot we ever had. I later grew to love legos and the endless possibilities there were for creativity. Leggos brought with them no limits and so I never followed directions and instead would spend weeks building extremely detailed leggo cities that I would continuously add on to.

This hands on tangibility teaches so much and is far more intimate than learning any other way. Drawing a tablet feels far different than drawing on paper.  It’s the same thing as the difference between taking gym class on line and actually participating in the workouts and games.

People have lost the ability to communicate face to face. They have lost the ability to appreciate their surroundings. The have lost the importance of nature and they don’t get outside. Our kids aren’t going to know what do without their technology. Outside? eww you kidding me? it so dirty and grimmy. Ewww I got a sliver I’m done for the day. This may be the extreme but It’s were our world is headed and it’s terrifying.

The influx of technology is in incredible and I use it everyday but there is a point where it goes to far. When 4th graders are walking around with iphones and tablets, has that passed the line? I think so. It created dependence on something that shouldn’t be depended on. Technology should be an aid not a lifestyle.  When I was growing up I grew up on the mantra that the outside was my world and my backyard became castles and deserts and mountains and rivers. My creativity was free to flow and my best memories lay in dirt piles, mud fights and snow forts. I was free to go where I pleased. I wasn’t connected, it was just my bike my friends and a time to be home by. I got live and explore and feel and learn with my own hands. Sure I hurt myself and sure that sucked but I grew up tougher and I grew up with an imagination that has carried me through my young life.

The trouble is this. When imaginations disappear so does innovation and this is the next generation we are raising. So are we gonna raise young creators, inventors, believers and achievers or are we gonna raise kids whose only desire is to play on their ipad when they return home.

Nature is wild and beautiful but it constantly inspires. It is what should be depended on not the newest app to come out. It is important to experience it and see the beauty in our surroundings. It is important to see that cardboard box as a new fort rather than something to be discarded.

So get out go play and inspire those around you to do the same.

There is far more to life than screens. It’s time to see that.

nature is an incredible beast. Happy 50th anniversary to the wilderness act
keepin it wild since 1996



A Class of Exposure

By far one of the most fulfilling classes I have ever taken in high school was Science Seminar. Our teacher was the insightful Montana Teacher of the Year Mr. Pederson. I learned so much about what is actually out there and my mental maturity is so much greater. The trips, the discussions, the bio ethics, and the books all brought light on how truly beautiful the world is and how many never truly get to appreciate it. People live such tough lives fighting for just a little grip of hope. I realize now just how incredibly lucky I am. I have had little tragedy in my life other than some bumps and bruises. There are so many people out there who appreciate a simple slice of bread yet America complains that their steak isn’t big enough.

This class has opened my eyes in ways I never knew I could. The jaded lenses are gone, thrust into a vat of knives and nails. This class is what inspired my dream to travel the world, to see what’s out there, to truly live.

Among the emotionally stripping bio ethics and the eye opening discussions about what is really out there in this world, we took some incredible trips. The beginning of the year started out with reading Night of the Grizzlies. 

Night of the Grizzlies

We then had the opportunity follow the path of the book. Half of the story takes place along the Highline trail and the Granite Park Chalet, both of which are in Glacier National Park. It’s around a 13 miles of some of the most beautiful country in the world. At the top we were able to see where everything happened, Where the helicopter landed, where she was attacked and where she was drug during the bear attack. It made the book come to life. The feat was real. I am in awe as to how brave everyone was at the Chalet that night.

The bonds made could never be lost and this was one of the coolest trips I have ever taken. The wildlife we saw and the people I was surrounded by made the trip complete.

Our next excursion was to watch the wolves in Yellowstone. We spent three days and two nights there in November enjoying crisp fresh snow and wolf watching. The park was so pristine and being there in the early morning was nothing but peaceful. It was crazy to actually see wolves and I’m so lucky to have seen them in their natural habitat. After learning about the reintroduction it was awesome to see the product and enjoy them for myself. It was a really crazy experience to be pretty much the only people in the entire park because I have only ever been there in the height of the summer. The animals were different and It was interesting to see how the season changes impacted their behavior. The Buffalo were plenty abundant but watching the wolves and hearing their calls was by far the highlight.

This past few days were met with a bittersweet taste. The end of the year meant our last and final trip, a trip to the Lewis and Clark Caverns Montana state park. The Caverns house one of the most decorated caves in the United States and the formations were all incredible.

caves, Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

caves, Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Lewis and Clark Caverns

Everything was like something out of fantasia. Prior to this I had been to two other caves, Cave of the winds in Colorado and Glenwood Caves in Summit County, but neither were nearly as spectacular as the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Each formation is hundreds of thousands of years in the making and it was surreal to look at history like that. They are pieces of art, stalagmites and stalactites rising to meet forming beautiful masterpieces only nature could.

I couldn’t be more thank you for our wonderful teacher Mr. Pederson or the class mates that have taught me so much. I’ve grown as a person. My understanding has expanded beyond all my feasible limits and I’m more inspired to change the world for the good and pass something meaningful onto the others around me. One of the greatest things about this class is the emphasis of getting out there and not letting the world pass you by. So many people today are caught up in their work or technology and they never really look outside their bubble. There is so much more to life than sitting in a cubicle or cleaning an overly priced car. It’s time to see beyond all the brands and see into what really matters. The things that are truly important are the relationships you build and the opportunities and experiences around you.