Getting Ready and the Week of Anticipation

Hello! We are Leif, Mekhi, Dahoon, and Sam, of the Las Cañadas Mexico Senior Project. This time on Friday we will be in the Mexican Cloud Forest! We are all extremely excited. The goals of our project are to learn about sustainable living, eco-technologies, sustainable agriculture, and reforestation. We will be planting giant Chicalaba acorns to reforest the area, practicing our Spanish, interacting with local children, and living a sustainable lifestyle. Here is a list of goals for our trip that we compiled at our last preparation meeting:

2016 Mexico Cloud Forest Senior Project anticipated RESULTS
  • experience an “all-vegetarian” diet
  • get to know the cloud forest eco-system
  • give your best to every activity
  • empowerment (“we can do this!”)
  • immersion in Mexican culture and Spanish language
  • have FUN — forge memories that will last a lifetime
  • live sustainably
  • connect with plants at a new level
  • discover things about our inner lives (personal discovery)
  • through new perceptions, gain greater clarity about life choices for the future
  • conclude with a profound optimism about life on Earth
  • make a new connection to Mother earth
  • live without electronics
  • get to know one-another better
  • use what is learned
  • earn and show mutual respect
  • learn from one another
  • connection = unique experience

Here are our individual thoughts about the Week of Anticipation:

Mekhi: We are off in three days and it’s finally starting to hit me. Unfortunately teachers are still cramming in tests and projects before the short quarter ends. Yet, the excitement of Mexico is still creeping in. I’m an avid traveler with a ton of Spanish experience. I can’t wait to be in nature, see the nature, and hopefully give back to the nature. Mexico, here we come!

Leif: This trip one of the most exciting things that has ever happened in my life! Sustainability and nature are the most important topics in the world to me, and I cannot wait to learn more about agriculture, reforestation, and sustainable structures. With one week left to go,  my brain is jumping around in disbelief at the fact that we will actually be in Mexico soon. I am so looking forward to living with and learning from Teacher Paula, Teacher Alan, my wonderful classmates, and the natural world! I am determined to take what I learn on this trip to minimize my damage to the Earth and improve my environmentalism. In the meantime, I have a feeling the next two days will go very slowly…

Dahoon: The week before we leave for Mexico only enforces the fact that for me, every week before any big break from school seems so busy. I’ve been preparing to think about the trip and what to pack and am very excited from what I’ve learned so far. I’m excited about spending two weeks with great fun people and eating vegetarian for such a long period of time for the first time in my life! Im glad that I chose to go on the Mexico trip and am very excited about what we will learn and experience during our senior project.

Sam: Although it has been a busy week, I haven’t spent too much time stressing over schoolwork. I honestly can’t stop thinking about Mexico. I’m a practice of positive thought and energy, and honestly say that even thinking about the trip makes my day warmer. Waking up has been easier the past couple days, knowing that in only a couple more, I’ll be with my friends in Mexico, being exposed to new means of learning and living. Knowing I’m going to experience such a changing, powerful, and simply fun environment is the fuel that I’m living off of at the moment. Peace.

Tiny House: Update

Today marked the ninth day of the Tiny House Project.  It’s hard to believe that we started with a trailer just over a week ago and now we have all the walls and the roof up! With just two days to go, we are ready to work extra hard to get as close as we can to our goal. We would like to finish the whole exterior of the house including installing the windows and the door.  While some of us worked on the structure of the house, others worked on the interior; this is a work pattern we have been using since day one. One of the coolest things we have worked on for the inside of the house has been a countertop made out of live-edge wood. We started off by cutting the wood in half and running both halves through the planer. We then put the two pieces next to each other and worked on making them level. Now, the two pieces are joined, sanded and coated and we have our finished countertop for the house.

There was a moment today while we were working when I felt completely peaceful. This moment took place in the loft of the house (kind of like a skybed) where our guests would be sleeping. I climbed up and just sat there for ten minutes, my feet hanging off the side of the house. The wind was blowing in my face but all I could see was the clear blue sky. This moment made me realize how incredible this project is and how I will never get an experience like this again. We have had so much fun together that our 7-8 hour work days just fly by. So many people have come by to visit us including Teacher Sam, Teacher Paul and Teacher Karl. I hope many more people will come visit once it is finished! I will be sure to post tons of pictures on Thursday. Until then, we invite you to come to the Cabin and visit us!

Day 9

-Rachna