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For young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, or lack of motivation, exploring nature and all the world has to offer is key to self-exploration and becoming a more well-rounded and balanced person. Recognizing the benefits of exploring new thresholds in a safe environment, Dragonfly Transitions students take daylong trips around the Southern Oregon area each Saturday.
Most recently, several students took a Saturday trip to explore the United States’ deepest lake at Crater Lake National Park. Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago by an eruption from the 12,000 foot tall Mount Mazama. Today Crater Lake is known as the deepest lake in America at 1,943 feet deep. Filled only with rain and snowmelt, the lake is a stark blue color due to having no sediment in it from streams. Also as a result of the snowmelt and high altitude, it is incredibly cold! After gathering together at the Crater Lake rim, several Dragonfly students decided to hike down to the lake, and some even took the plunge into the frigid but very refreshing water.
Hiking down the only trail from the rim top to the lake, the group rallied to be supportive and encouraging to a peer who was nervous to jump. After much perseverating, he made the jump and then surfaced to the group's applause with a giant smile on his face. At the end of the long hike back up, everyone agreed the experience was worth it, and he circled the group up at the top of the hike to recount the experience with smiles and laughter after a full day. Exploring new edges and bonding with the group helps students develop confidence and healthy peer relationships.
About Dragonfly Transitions
Dragonfly Transitions serves young adults 18 - 30 in three locations in Southern Oregon. The variety of locations allows for a continuum of care. The campus a student first enrolls in is based on the level of support desired and personal goals and interests. Students pursue educational, vocational, therapeutic, social and recreational life goals. Dragonfly offers opportunities for hands on experience in a supportive environment where students can flourish.