Building Community through Connection to the Land and Access to the Outdoors
The Vamos Outdoors Project is a program aimed at giving Latinx youth access to all types of outdoor recreation pursuits, while being environmental stewards along the way. You'll see the kids & their trusty guides mountain biking, paddling, swimming, rock climbing and backpacking while also focusing on the environmental education aspect. They Vamos crew operates in Whatcom & Skagit County and do all of their weekly Wednesday mountain bike rides at Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA. It was a pleasure of mine to attend a couple of these group rides, with the task of capturing these kids in motion on the brand new donated Honzo bikes from Kona Bicycle Co. Huge thanks to the WMBC and to Kona for all that they do for the community and for our trails!
Coach Ellie has a way with kids, and her superpower shines nicely in this photo!
On my second ride day with Vamos, we went out as one big crew.
One of the coaches put out a stick to mark a line that each person was tasked to stop at using both brakes. Yanely (pictured) has laser focus on the task!