The social club, And The Horse You Rode In On, presented a “Leave No Trace” trail etiquette workshop at the Lake Riverside Estates Community Center Saturday, July 11. Speaker and teacher Stacy Kuhns shared her knowledge of trails and camping do’s and don’ts with students.
Kuhns, a Leave No Trace master educator and instructor for the Center of Outdoor Ethics, gave an informative lesson discussing the common-sense methods used to keep wildlands wild and safe.
“I discussed the seven Leave No Trace principles,” Kuhns said. “They are to plan and prepare, dispose of waste properly, travel and camp on durable surfaces, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, leave what you find and to be considerate of others.”
The workshop was interactive, as Kuhns encouraged give and take and hard-hitting questions.
“We discussed why we go into the outdoors and what things can impact our experience. It was exciting that we had a young man that attended that will be hiking Mount Whitley next month and he said the workshop was very valuable to him,” Kuhns said.
She also demonstrated an overview on the elements of a bad camp. Participants wrote down all the things that they saw were wrong with the camp which was shown set up under some pine trees near a lake.
Other ATHYRIO members organized a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.
“We had five families participate that have cooked with Dutch ovens in the past and one new family we helped walk through the process,” Kuhns said. “We provided a handout on how to get started and all the recipes that were cooked in the afternoon. We had two more families stop by and learn how to do this lost art. It was very exciting to hang out, tell stories and enjoy some great dishes. We had five entrees and three desserts. All our group worked really hard to put this together.”
Attendees left glowing reviews as they left with full bellies, additional knowledge and having made some new friends.
“Stacy provided an educational experience for the youth of Lake Riverside Estates,” parent Gail Price, whose two sons attended the workshop, said. “My son Christopher, age 15, is hiking Mount Whitney in August with his grandfather Ronald Johnson and this workshop taught him so much, I feel he is better prepared for that journey.”
ATHYRIO is open to all horseowners past, present and future. To learn more about the And the Horse You Rode In On club, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/joinathyrio/.
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