Early legends of the Jicarilla Apaches, who migrated through the Pikes Peak region around 1000 AD, told of a cave in the Manitou Springs area where the Great Spirit of the Wind resided.
The 6th Graders had a glorious day touring the Cave of the Winds which has been a place to explore the underground world for more than 130 years. The cave is millions of years old, but was discovered in 1869 and opened for tours in 1881.
After touring the cave, they experienced The Wind Walker Challenge Course which is a three-story obstacle course balanced on the rim of a 600-foot drop into beautiful Williams Canyon. Each participant was placed in a full-body harness and securely attached using an overhead tracking system. Students, parents and the teacher all navigated the challenging maze of steel beams, swinging ropes and ladders. The truly brave of heart took the extra challenge up on level 3 and climbed out over the cliffs of the Canyon on a single tight rope. Way to go 6th graders!
Our experience ended with a phenomenal zip line out over the canyon and back!
by Linda Newlin & Kylie Booth, 6th Grade Parents