There’s nothing like sitting around a crackling campfire and enjoying the great outdoors. Participants in Adelante’s Independent Living program went camping recently, providing an opportunity to hike, fish, and achieve personal goals.
Ron, a member of Adelante’s Independent Living team, accompanied Mark, Billy, and Daniel on a two-day camping trip to Jemez Falls Campground, which included an excursion to Fenton Lake.
One of Mark’s goals is to make more informed purchases, and he bought his own tent for the trip after comparing the price, size, and quality of several models.
Billy has an objective to learn more about cooking, and prepared the group’s dinner one evening. The menu included BBQ chicken, corn, and fried potatoes. A dessert of s’mores rounded out a well-planned campsite meal.
Daniel has an objective to do more walking, including reaching a goal of 10,000 steps in one day, which was achieved with a round-trip hike from the campsite to Jemez Falls.
The trip also provided opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. While at Fenton Lake, Mark caught his first fish—a beautiful 20-inch rainbow trout—with a little assistance from Billy, who also helped him with cleaning and gutting his catch.
Mark, Billy, and Daniel were eager to rise every morning, get the campfire going, and take on the day. They let Ron know by gently tossing pine cones at his tent!
This was the third year Ron took Independent Living participants on a camping trip. The group’s only regret was not being able to camp longer.
If you or someone you know would like to participate in Adelante’s Independent Living program and get to learn and achieve their goals in real-life situations, please contact Melinda Garcia at 505-341-7124 or MGarcia@GoAdelante.org.