Monthly Archives: February 2014

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Building a Pathway

Building a Pathway

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Fisher Part Deux

Fisher Part Deux

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Fisher getting things done for ‘Merica!

Fisher getting things done for 'Merica!

We created an AmeriCorps “A” for Fisher enrichment.

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Getting things done for ‘Merica!

Getting things done for 'Merica!

My teammate Dom (from CT!) spreading mulch on a Camp Taloali trail.

Living at Camp

Hey everybody,

I haven’t been able to post for a while because I’ve moved! This past Monday we packed up the 15 passenger van and left Northwest Trek for Camp Taloali in Stayton, Oregon. Camp Taloali (pronounced just as it’s spelled Ta-lo-a-li) is a camp for the deaf and hard of hearing community (including children of deaf adults and siblings of deaf children). The work we’re doing is similar to our work in Washington, except with significantly less wild animals. So far we’ve mulched trail, removed invasive species, and created signs.

Our last week at Northwest Trek was wonderful and sad at the same time. We all worked in some of our favorite areas, in appropriately rainy weather. The staff put on a pot-luck for us, with some amazing food, and we all got sad saying goodbye. I know I plan on keeping in touch with some of the amazing staff there, and I hope to return one day and see what future AmeriCorps teams have done.

Living at Camp Taloali has a completely different feel that NWT. We live in cabins, thankfully with wonderful heaters, and have to walk across camp to the bathroom, also with an amazing heater. We use the industrial kitchen meant for the camp, so we’re all learning the art of cleaning to health inspector standards. Our first week was a little rainy, but since we have nice warm beds to come home to, the weather hasn’t affected us too much. The staff here is also amazing, doing everything they can to make work easier for us. We’ve been able to use our sign language lessons as well, as some of the staff is deaf. They’ve been incredible patient with us, and so far both parties have been able to understand.

Even though we are no longer at a wildlife park, we still have gotten our animal fill this week. Our first day we found poisonous newts, then almost everyday our neighbor has brought her adorable dogs for a walk through camp, and then today we volunteered for four hours at an animal shelter in Albany. For those of you who follow my Facebook, you know that I fell in love with a dog named Mimosa. She was wary of strangers and would bark until she was used to your presence. But, once she warmed up I was able to take her to one of the play yards where we had a marvelous game of fetch and she valiantly protected me (barked) at anyone who came by.

Tonight we are going in to Salem for dinner, and tomorrow I am crossing my fingers that I’ll have time to do laundry. Even though it seems like we have less distractions and more time out here at Camp, we still have a long list of things to do for NCCC.

I hope everyone has a great week, and make sure to check out the Gold Composite Facebook page for cute dog pictures. 🙂