It took thirty years for me to join the Horn Island trip. In the end, it was my good friend Don DuMont, the Director of the program and leader of the trip for the last twelve years (Foundations/Graphic Design faculty) who convinced me I should go. Don took over the Horn Island program after Bob Riseling gave it up (with one year in between under Clay/Sculpture faculty member, Leandra Urrutia). Don is equally committed to the Horn Island experience and is as passionate an advocate of the trip as Bob. In the picture below, that is Don on the left, Adam Hawk, Metals faculty and long-time HI vet in the middle, and Joe Morzuch, Painting faculty and HI rookie, like myself. We're on the Gulf (south) side of the island. Don and Adam were leading us along a trail that Walter Anderson used to get back and forth across the middle of the island. Below that is a picture of one of those iconic trees that have been immortalized by so many faculty, students and alums in the annual Horn Island exhibitions. This one we came upon as we crossed over to the north side of the island following Anderson's trail.