Combining the city and wilderness in one trip opens the door for amazing dialog. Travel to Washington, DC where you will learn about people searching for home through crime, politics, genealogy and community, and then backpack in Virginia to witness how campers create home in the woods.
Destination: Washington, DC and Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area, Virginia
Activities: Backpacking, touring
Day 1: Arrive at a hostel in Washington, DC.
Day 2: Head to the Superior Court to learn about the quest for home among juveniles on probation.
Day 3: Visit a DNA-based genealogy agency to discover why finding roots has become such a popular trend.
Day 4: Visit the people and museum of Anacostia, where gentrification and development have displaced so many DC residents.
Days 4-5: Travel to Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area in Virginia for three days of backpacking.
Day 5: Play, explore and rest from city life.
Day 6: Hike to an overlook to reflect on observations and experiences from DC.
Day 7: Discuss your own perception of home after three nights at a campsite and seven nights with the same people!