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Every end is a new beggining

Blue 2 Update:

So it’s been a long time since my last post.  CTI was a very busy time for all of us. Right after the TLs returned from Amerian Samoa we got our teams and we had lots of training with our team as well as meetings about our projects. For those of you that don’t know my first project is in Silverton, OR. It’s about 15-20 minutes east of Salem and an hour south of Portland. We arrived on Monday November 16th and it took about 10 hours to drive up here from Sacramento. The drive was absolutely beautiful.

Since it is fall in Oregon the weather has mostly been overcast, rainy, and in the 40s. We had a very odd couple of days this week… the weather was actually beautiful. It was about 60 degrees and sunny for Tuesday and Wednesday. We took that opportunity to have a massive mudfight in the ponds that we are cleaning out. We are working at the Oregon Garden which is a very large botanical garden that also acts as the wetlands for the City of Silverton to cool their treated waste water. It’s absolutely beautiful here and we get to work outdoors overlooking the Willamette Valley everyday. We are cleaning out two of the lower ponds in the Gardens that have been taken over with invasive species. So far we’ve completely dug out one and have it looking awesome and we’re making great progress on our second pond. During this process we’ve become very intimate with LOTS of mud.

Our first day here I had to drive two people to the hospital. One has a strained and possibly fractured wrist, happened during a football game back on campus, and the other had strep throat. Luckily no one else came down with the strep. We also found out that the Gordon House, which is a Frank Lloyd Wright house, is on the property of the gardens  so we’ve scheduled a private tour for the team this coming Wednesday. This Saturday we’re trying to get up to Portland for Market Saturdays and some sightseeing. Our Site Supervisor here at the Garden may be going up to Portland as well and if he does will act as our tour guide. There has been sightings of Mayor Stu Rasmussen (the country’s first openly transgendered mayor) but we haven’t been able to talk to him yet. My SLIs are trying to schedule a lunch with him as well as the owner of the Resort / Manager of the Gardens.

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody

Peace, Love, and Turkey

-Nelson

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About Nelson

I've spent the past few years traveling around seeing what I can do to improve our world. I've spent 4 years at the University of Michigan studying engineering. I spent a month in Ghana setting up pilot plastic recycling programs. I spent a month in Ecuador studying Spanish, working on an organic farm, and building schools. I spent a month in Israel studying the culture. I was in charge of site development for the North American Summer Service Team at the University of Michigan and was a Site Leader for the Pangaea World Service Team. I was a member of the percussion based stage performance group called Groove for 4 years. I am a founding member and VP of Corporate Social Responsibility for Juice High Voltage Entertainment. I'm currently a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Pacific Region. I've also worked as an engineering intern for Parsons conducting feasibility studies for small towns in Texas in order to see how they could upgrade their public water systems for 3 summers. While attending the University of Michigan I worked with project SERVE to help development service learning initiatives. I am interested in traveling, volunteering, urban and environmental planning/design, always stretching myself and personal development. Lately I've been reading a lot about personal finance and lifestyle design. One day I hope that I'll be either working for or owning my own company that focuses on environmental engineering and international travel and development.

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