Experience Kanarra Creek

Experience Kanarra Creek Through Our Student’s Eyes

Kanarra creek is an invitation to witness the wonders of creation.

Carved into the red rock of the desert mesa, one cannot help but intuit they stand in the narrow aisle of a vast house of worship.

Beneath your feet run the baptismal waters of the creek itself, above your head for tens of feet is the twisting walls of the canyon, carved into creamy undulations and myriad pockets, dips, nooks, and crannies.

All around you are parishioners of every shape and size.

Humans from all over flock to hear the water’s gospel, and trees hand out green pamphlets that tickle as you walk past the crowds of shade trees.

If can approach with an open heart and open mind it’s not just a short day hike, it’s an experience.

— Grady, TFL Student

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Rocky obstacles and pools of water

Red Cliffs Hike With Rocky Obstacles and Pools of Water


We had a great time out at the Red Cliffs hike recently.

There was a lot of runoff, which created some beautiful clear pools of cold water that only
Grady dared swim in.

Amber, Dylan and I hiked in further while the rest hung out at the first pool.

We had to pass a rocky obstacle using some rope to avoid falling into the pool of water below.

It was kinda tricky, and a lot of fun.

—Cam, TFL Mentor

Hiking at Snow Canyon Lava Tubes

Hiking in Snow Canyon’s Lava Tubes With Flashlights

In a place called Snow Canyon, near St George, there is a really cool hike that takes you to some lava

This is the hike we went on at some point in March.

The tubes are set into the ground(of course) and go pretty deep into the earth.

If you want to explore them, you do need a flashlight and a good sense of where you are because,

according to some people, they go in all sorts of directions.

I don’t really  if that is true, but it keeps me from hiking too deep into the caves formed by the tubes.

–Lee, TFL student

horeseback riding

Horseback Riding- Student Overnight Trip

A few weeks ago we went on a horseback riding trip.

It was a really fun trip.

We got to see some interesting things including dinosaur tracks and coyote jawbones.

It got really cold at night, however, which was pretty rough.

I learned a lot about horses and would love to do it again sometime, minus the sleeping on the ground in the cold.

— Joseph, TFL Student

Thanks, Justin, at Old West Outfitters for providing such an amazing experience for our students!

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TechieForLife Student’s Experience With The Chuckwalla Trail Hike


A TechieForLife student’s experience with the Chuchwalla trail hike:

At the beginning of enrolling to TFL, I thought I would like to hike.

Months later, I didn’t like it because some terrains are too high for me that require an old rope to hold on, or to climb; wrong clothing to wear, especially anything made out of cotton; and careless people who forgot to remind everyone to apply sunscreen.

But the Chuckwalla was a fine hike. There some huge steps, but I went over them.

At the end, we see a whole view of a neighborhood.

While I was going back, I saw Cam and Dallin trying to climb up a boulder with no equipment. It made me cringe when they did that because they’re close to a cliff.

I’ve already been to this trail last year, but it was worth it. -Dave TFL student

Outing at cabin

Weekend Cabin Outing With TechieForLife Students

On Sunday, 8 October, Mr. Grygla took several Techie-for-Life students on a weekend outing to his family cabin and ranch in the Utah wilderness.

The central event of this trip was a meeting to vote on phase advancement for two students (both were approved unanimously), though Mr. Grygla made sure that there were plenty of other things to do over the weekend.

We began by visiting the Coral Pink Sand Dunes state park, where we raced at sliding down the dunes (the sand is made almost of pure quartz, and is very clean to roll around in, not unpleasant at all).

We next visited the sand cave belonging to a friend of Jason’s, where striated bands of color covered the walls of the cave; by carefully choosing soft spots and scraping the sand into sacks, we could bring home a rainbow of pure hues.

At the cabin itself, we cooked tinfoil dinners of beef, potatoes, and onions on the coals of a campfire, though we retreated indoors to eat after a the winds picked up.

By morning, however, the weather had become pleasant again, and Mr. Grygla taught several students how to strip the bark from a felled red juniper using hand tools, in order to make the columns for the basement of his parents’ nearby cabin, which is still under construction.

All in all, we had a very pleasant time at the cabin, and the mountains in which it is set, along with our drive through Zion Canyon on the return voyage, was a reminder of just how unique and wonderful a place the Southern Utah wilderness can be. –Wesley, TFL Student

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