Welcome to the Holden Village Blogging Extravaganza

Greetings from Isaac & Erika!

We are your bloggers for the month, and we will be spending our January Term at Holden Village! Holden Village is an ELCA retreat center in the Cascade Mountains of Central Washington. Nestled in the Railroad Creek valley at 3,200 feet, surrounded by the towering mountains of the Glacial Peak Wilderness, Holden Village averages 270 inches of snow every year. We are hoping to enjoy the great outdoors this month: Holden offers skiing, snowshoeing, and even a sauna! However, we won't just be relaxing this month. Our course is Environmental Economics of the Pacific Northwest, taking an in-depth look at the economics associated with environmental issues in this beautiful and highly dynamic world we live in. Steve Holland is our professor, and his family will be joining us on this adventure as well. 

A little more about us: Isaac is a sophmore biology and environmental studies major from Iowa City and Erika is a junior math/stats and religion major from Woodbury, MN. We both enjoy being outside, running and cross country skiing - hoping to truly enjoy the mountains this month! We are also looking forward to getting to know the group a little better, connecting with our fellow Luther students, students from other schools, and other people in the Village. Our blog will feature insights from several of our fellow students on the trip, so stay tuned for that!

We are excited to have this blog as an opportunity to share our experience, in beautiful country with great people. Hopefully, our trip will be an educational, fulfilling experience, full of fun times and adventure. 

Cheers!

Holden Village, covered in a blanket of snow