I would like to begin this letter of gratitude by publicly thanking the Asolo Corporation as well as the Ice Park Foundation for contributing $1,000 towards my tuition at Fort Lewis College in Durango. While attending Fort Lewis College I plan to pursue outdoor education. While like most of us “locals” I feel very fortunate to live in such a remarkable place as Ouray, I feel even more inspired that growing up in the mountains has instilled a deep respect and love for nature. This very connection with the earth is what drives me to educate and instill the same love and respect in those who have not been so fortunate, those who have grown up in a concrete jungle.
Throughout my time in Ouray I have had many influences, one being Eric Fagrelius (my outdoor educator) who showed me that the greatest classroom was the outdoors and that one can truly be liberated by the stillness in the wind or the flow of a stream. These “lessons in liberation,” as I like to call them, are now more important then ever. Although all is good on the western front, the rest of America is being subdued; it’s as if we have forgotten the very stream from which we were hatched. Not to be pessimistic; I do believe that every person is inherently good, but I just want to exemplify that with the help of the Ice Park Foundation and the Asolo Corporation I can do my part by attaining the knowledge and understanding of the wilderness to educate the next generation.
With much thanks,
– Logan Tyler