September 17th we piled into the Summit Semester vans with food and camping gear ready for an over night adventure to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. First, Colorfest in Pagosa Springs was happening so we had to stop and enjoy the picturesque sights of hot-air balloons soaring above the sky of our little home town. After a bit of frantic picture taking by everyone, we again got comfortable in the vans and headed nearly 3 hours north-east to the Dunes. After lunch we ascended the highest dune which mocked our lungs and legs by creating a rather difficult, but worth-while hike. The Dunes are such a unique spot, full of beauty and mystery. Not everyone from the Summit Semester gap-year program wanted to camp but those that did stayed the night in the Dune's Oasis campground where we enjoyed the fire, laughter and watching the full moon rise over the dunes. The adventure was memorable and these are a few of the highlights. Our last stop was Treasure Falls, along the continental divide, it provides yet another amazing view and experience for those with a wonderlust heart.