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May 15, 2013

By Ariel Ropp Yesterday our group traveled a few hours east to Salisbury, a quaint town that is home to the impressive Salisbury Cathedral and the ancient ruins at Old Sarum. In addition to exploring the cathedral, one of the highlights of the trip was taking a tour up the church spire, the tallest in the UK. Talk about a lot of stairs (about 320 in total, I believe). And to think that it was built in the 1300s, before modern machinery! Besides the cathedral, some friends and I wandered around town and bought fresh raspberries, cheese and scones at…

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May 15, 2013

Navajo family homestays

As we ended our time at Hopi, we prepared ourselves for a new culture and new relationships. On Friday afternoon, we drove to a Mother’s Day Feast hosted by the Black Mountain Mennonite Church in Navajo Nation. After helping serve dinner, we were divided into groups of two or four and sent out with host families. On Sunday, we joined back together at the Church for the Sunday morning service. Here are our stories from the weekend with our Navajo families. Jan and Janet: We stayed with Mary Trejo and her family. We were able to relax for a day,…

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May 15, 2013

While shows, musical performances, dance performances and museum’s are exciting and truly are once in a lifetime experiences, I’ve found that it is the little things that have been making my time so rich and full here in London. Whether that be finding Raffles the dog, running through the rain with friends, strolling down brick lane, or drinking out of juice boxes as an adult woman. Life is good. With only a week left in London, I hope to fill the rest of my time here with endless giggle fits and more juice boxes.    

May 14, 2013

The morning began with a lecture on Marine Protected Areas with discussion between Dave (policy) and Ryan (ecology) as a way to emphasize that the attributes of a particular natural resource determine how it should be managed.  Since many species in marine systems travel 100′s if not 1000′s of miles as adults (or larvae), the protection of key breeding grounds (like coral reefs and seagrass beds) can have far-reaching effects. After a rousing discussion (yeah it was that great, says Dave O.), half the students went to Old Dan Bank and the other half to Triton Flats for more data…

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May 13, 2013

London. A wonderfully creative chaotic bustling beautiful city. Add the business of our class schedule and squeezing in as many shows as we possibly can and you end up with an incredibly hectic three weeks. Three weeks stuffed full of all sorts of arts and all sorts of great experiences that one can never forget.  Yesterday (Sunday the 12th), started off with a trip to Brick Lane to check out the Sunday market that is full of vendors of alls kinds. Every direction one turns they are surrounded by jewelery, foods from around the world, homemade sweets, headbands, bags, shoes,…

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May 13, 2013

The 2013 trip to Layton FL, marks the 47th year of the Goshen College Marine Biology program. HOw a school in Indiana began a program in the Keys is a long story – a key part of that story is the invitation by Del Layton (the Layton founder and mayor) for Goshen College students to sing at the Layton Baptist church.  The community was so impressed with the singing, that Del Layton invited Goshen to move its marine biology program to Layton.  (The picture to the right is after church, with each person pretending to be their favorite sea creature.)…

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May 12, 2013

With only hours before heading out to the wilderness, our group was faced with a very unknown but potentially crucial decision: what kind of canoes will we take on the water? While there are many different styles and materials to make canoes with, Wilderness Wind outfits their guests with only two options.  Our group had to decide between the bulky and sturdy aluminum canoes, or the light and nimble Kevlar canoes. Both have distinct advantages in certain circumstances, however our guides and the staff at Wilderness Wind agree that this is a highly unusual trip to be planning for. According…

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May 11, 2013

It’s School Day!

During our stay in Hopiland, we have been staying at the volunteer house at the Hopi Mission School, which was established by the Mennonite Mission Board in 1951. It currently houses classes from kindergarten to seventh, but there are hopes to open it to eighth grade in the fall. The long-term plan for the school is to open a high school as well. While staying here we helped out in classrooms for 3 hours on Tuesday through Thursday this week. We split into groups of 2 or 3 to assist the teachers in every grade and got welcoming hugs every day…

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May 11, 2013

Photos from Brett

The students are busy going to museums, concerts and performances. Taking full advantage of all London has to offer.  Brett Conrad has agreed to share some of his photos with you.  Enjoy!

May 11, 2013

The Wolf Pack

As we continue to help Wilderness Wind prepare for the canoeing season, the list of tasks has gotten shorter and shorter.  At this point, we are counting down the hours until we can set out in a canoe. Yesterday we went to Wilderness Wind’s second campground, “Lakeside.”  Lakeside is a small collection of cabins which Wilderness Wind rents to visitors, located almost a mile West on Lake Armstrong. The lake was almost entirely covered with ice, with only a 40-foot wide channel between the shore and the ice.  Two loons were fishing just off the shoreline. We arrived to unpack…

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