The “Fatt, Stout, and Fatt” Thanksgiving Extravaganza trip was full of laughs, food, and time relaxing in the Piedra River Hot Springs.

Sophomore Kenyon Fatt and senior Leo Stout co-led the trip and David Mulcahy, Eileen Kitrick, Ryan Bing, Alison Bemis, Maia Wikler, and Katasha Nail Dasilva participated.

The group camped at the trailhead in the San Juan National Forest on Wednesday night and hiked into the natural hot springs on Thursday after a brief episode of losing the trail and bushwhacking.

After setting up camp, the group prepared a Thanksgiving feast including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, handmade cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. They relaxed and indulged by drinking two bottles of sparkling cider, soaking in the eight pools of the hot springs, and bonding around the fire.

“We had just the right amount of food, the hike was not too strenuous, the hot springs were awesome, and everyone we ran into was really friendly!” raved Dasilvia.

They slept in on Friday and Saturday, did some day hikes, and continued to soak in the hot springs. Everyone hiked out and returned to campus on Sunday.

“The only thing that I can think of that went wrong was that mice pooped on our plates and bowls,” said Dasilva.

If that was the worst of it, the trip was undoubtedly a success.



Nina Murray


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