What were some of your expectations prior to the expedition?
The biggest expectation was the one I put on myself. I wanted to complete the hike with the whole group. My hope was to find people that I could connect to and we would be able to support each other.
During the experience, what was the greatest challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
The hardest activity was the hike out of the canyon. There were times that I wanted to give up, but I stayed with another member of my group and we helped each other all the way to the end.
Describe your best day on the journey.
One perfect day would be hard to pick since the whole experience was a dream come true! My favorite part was when I got to sleep on a rock ledge and look up at the stars and watch the moon come out. My second favorite moments were spent riding in the wooden Ddory boat with our guide, Brad, who shared history about the canyon and the indigenous people that had lived there.
Did you experience a pivotal moment of change or a gradual transformation during the expedition?
I made a personal choice to open up and participate in the group discussions.. During our first one, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to share things that I have shared with few people.
How has the No Barriers experience changed your life?
I’ve found that it’s important for me to open up and be vulnerable in safe groups of people. Also, I can now persevere both physically and emotionally.