The Largest Living Species on Earth

I can now check it off my wish list for life: I have seen the largest living species in the world – Redwood Trees. They were amazingly huge…and they smelled wonderful. My Camp Mendocino experience was an experience like I’ve never had. It started with the 4 hour road trip there. I was driving the team through foothills (which, in all honesty, I call mountains) on roads that were curvy like the ones on those car commercials. While we were there, we had campfires, games, high ropes and low ropes, and did some community service work.

Our service was fuel reduction, which entails cutting down brush in certain areas so wildfires do not spread. We were removing logs and tree limbs, carrying them up a hill to an enormous fire with our coveralls on. We were so hot that one of my team members was soaked in sweat and steam was coming off of his body.
I learned that I need to start lifting weights so I can carry heavy things. Like logs. And living in a cabin without a door or windows isn’t so bad. I also found out that there is such a creature as a ring-tailed cat. It’s pretty much a mix of a cat, a squirrel, and a raccoon. Use your imagination. Or just google it.

I am proud to announce that Wednesday is induction day for Americorps NCCC and I will officially be a member. Training will be over and I’ll be on my way to New Orleans in a week. As much as I’m excited for New Orleans, I have to admit that traveling to Florida this weekend is consuming my head a little more. :0)

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Let Me See Your Frankenstein

There have been times when I’ve gotten extremely frustrated with the Americorps program. There are parts of my uniform that I have not recieved which I’m going to need for this coming weekend. Like a heavy coat, and an issued bag to bring my belongings in. Important stuff. I do realize, however, that we are the largest class in Americorps history (475 members) and that doubling the amount of members can make things stressful for the administration.
As much as I may think the program is somewhat unorganized, I do give them credit for some of the actions they take. They stress recycling everything and anything that can be recycled. If they find recyclables in the garbage, we get to search for it. When we were having food catered to us, we recieved bottles of water where all of the proceeds went to a Cure for Breast Cancer fund. That makes me happy.

We are heading to Camp Mendocino this weekend. Part of the Boys and Girls club of San Francisco, it is located in the redwoods. yes, I know, I should be feeling lucky. When I think of camp, though, I think of my own. The one that I grew up at, that has heat in the cabins, and windows that are made of glass…not tarp. And guess what? We get to go on their ropes course. If you know me, you know my fear of heights. And you also know that while growing up at camp, I couldn’t stand the ropes course. Yay for coming out of your comfort zone! With 2,000 acres of land, I’m really excited to see it. We have a campfire the night we get there, and I am definitely bringing out Frankenstein.

P.S. I’m up to running 3 miles straight through (that’s a lot for me) and I used an amazing circular saw the other day to build a box. *brushing the dirt off my shoulder*….

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IlB :0)

Dun Dun Dun…

We were told what our first project is going to be the other day! I had to wait so long for that moment and to finally know what I was going to be doing for eight weeks. It was definitely something I was never expecting…
We are cooking for all the volunteers who are staying at Camp Hope in St. Bernards Parrish (New Orleans, basically). So that’s about 500 people max a day to cook for. P.S. I don’t cook. For those who have never heard of Camp Hope, it is a “camp” that has existed since right after Katrina hit. So volunteers from all over will be staying there, expecting us to cook them wonderful food.
I’ll be honest, when I first heard, I was shocked. I was expecting to be working on top of roofs and building a house. This was the last thing I would ever think of. I know that this is going to be a lot of hard work, not being able to cook will be the least of our problems. If you think about it, though, 500 people wouldn’t be able to go out and do the hard work, such as building houses, without us. Plus, food always makes people happy. :0)
I can’t wait to talk about our fun adventures, including the five day road trip down there.

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Make A Difference Day

I apologize for not writing sooner – I actually had posted last weekend and it somehow got deleted. So I figured I could type it up again.
I have been assigned to my team that I will be with for the rest of my time with Americorps. I am really pumped to have all these people on my team. We seem to energize each other and have great times together. We played laser tag the other night against another Americorps team. Let’s just say we were ridiculous. We had a theme song, we were doing push ups as the other team walked up to the entrance, and we were all covered in black. We were intimidating, to say the least. Yes, we won.

Last Saturday, the 27th, was Make A Difference Day all across the country. People from all over came together and volunteered for a project and, of course, made a difference.
Fortunately, I was able to do the same. All of the Americorps teams found a project in the area to give a helping hand.
My team (Green 2) was assigned to an organization called Soil Born. It is an organization based on farmland that grows food for the community, gives people an opportunity to work, and provides green space for downtown Sacramento. We painted corals and chicken coops, planted garlic, and moved trash. There were three other teams with us, and with all the work combined we had estimated moving tons, literally, of trash, wood, and other miscellanous objects that do not belong in a field where food will be grown. It was great to get out there and do what I came here to do. Our team is going to move mountains this year.
:0) ILB