Monett Girl Scouts explore American Southwest
Scenic adventure surveys national packs, zip lining, rafting
A troop of Heartland Girl Scouts from Monett under Scout leaders Sherry Hull and Linda Dohmen traveled to Colorado this past summer for their annual summer adventure.
During their travels the girls went to the fairly new Sand Dunes National Park, which opened since 2004 with 150,000 acres of dunes to travel. Their second stop was Zapata Falls, where two of the girls were able to climb up into the waterfall for some pictures.
The third adventure included the Arkansas River, where the Scouts whitewater rafted a full day down the river. For their next stop, the girls ziplined across the Royal Gorge and spent some time learning about the bridge.
Their fifth adventure was to the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. These dwellings started in the McElmo Canyon near the Mesa Verde and were later moved to Manitou in 1907. Next the Scouts drove up Pike's Peak and enjoyed the scenic views of the mountains. Their final stop was camping out in the Rocky Mountain National Park and hiking along the various trails throughout the park.
The Girl Scouts have taken adventures together for 13 years and plan to travel to New York next summer. The girls on the trip were Samantha Watson, Natalie Long, Meagan and Tiffany Hull.