Welcome.  You may be wondering what a tech classroom has to do with hiking but I am here to tell you in advance they have a lot in common.  In class we are going to take one step at a time.  All we can do is put one foot in front of the other and dream about reaching the goal.  I have the same experience when I backpack.  That one step does not seem to amount to much, but when I put another after it, and then another, I often look back and see how far I have come.  I have the same hopes for you this year.  We are on a journey.  I only ask that you take one step at a time.  If we look at the whole year, it might seem hard or overwhelming.  But do not get discouraged or give up because you can do that one step, and then the step after that.  Let's do this together, and let's enjoy the journey.

This picture is my friends and me on the top of Mt. Whitney after a fifty-five mile backpacking trip.  Step by step we got there.