Canoemobile visited Salt Lake City for the first time this month, hometown to our newest partner Vista Outdoor, whose mission is Bringing the World Outside. We were grateful to have Vista’s CamelBak water bottles in the dry desert air, keeping students, outdoor leaders, and teachers hydrated and ready to learn!
The community welcomed Canoemobile with open arms. As Wilderness Inquiry Outdoor Leader, Christine Tomlinson, described it:
The positive feelings from canoeing and bringing people outside, especially kids, are why we do what we do. We were told the Jordan River was narrow and might be tough to load into, but Wilderness Inquiry doesn’t blink an eye at a challenge. We were here to get people onto their local waterway!
In only two days, Canoemobile worked with four schools, canoed the Jordan River nine times, and got more than 400 students out. We successfully transferred a student who was in a wheelchair with two lower leg casts into a canoe despite the tough loading spots, so he could enjoy the Jordan River just as his classmates did. The days were hectic but so worth it.
Our partners, volunteers, chaperones, and teachers were extremely grateful and excited for this new program. When the students came off the water, everyone said they wished they had more time on the river. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for Wilderness Inquiry in Utah!