CJ in Taos

CJ is a sophomore economics major in Dedman College and finance major in Cox School of Business. In Fall 2009, he is participating in the inaugural fall semester at SMU’s campus at Fort Burgwin in New Mexico.

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Big skies and sand dunes

3.jpg Our group of students, led by SMU Outdoor Adventures’ David Chambers, went on a camping trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado.

On day one, we went straight to the dunes to try our hand at sandboarding and sandsledding. We were all pretty surprised how easy it was to pick up, but there were some hard falls as well.

After a long night of sleeping in 20-degree weather, the group warmed up by going on a 5-hour hike in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the southernmost part of the Rocky Mountains. The day ended with a dive in the local hot springs. Needless to say, we all slept much better that night.

This week we’ve started our Photography class. Already we’ve gone on two field trips, and have another planned this Saturday. The timing is perfect: the colors of the aspen trees here have been changing into beautiful red, orange and yellows.

Later on in the course, we’ll develop our skills in Photoshop and learn how to make beautiful prints out of our photos from the semester.

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