My name is Winston Poindexter and this class, from the moment it was mentioned, has ignited a fire of higher education within me. I have always loved travel and how it catapults your education high into the atmosphere. Going to Costa Rica would have this effect on me, and my goal of enriching my knowledge of the wild. Ever since walking became a regular activity I have been blazing trails, but only blazing. Now this class is providing me with the opportunity to grab the fruit from the trees as I blaze by. I couldn't be happier with the amount of possibility on this class's horizon. I am going to be blogging every week about our classes book and I hope that you will follow my blogging. You can help us get there by donating!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are you up to date?

In walking with wolf we read about a man named Wilford Guindon. He goes to a Quaker boarding school in Ohio called Olney. At his school he discovers a love of hiking, which aids him forever! He meets his lifelong partner lucky on a return trip to Olney from Illinois. The political climate of the United States during this time period drives wolf and lucky to seek a new place to live. Their friends also see the need to leave the United States of America. They find what they are looking for in a small, military-less Central American country, Costa Rica!

Once they arrive in Costa Rica they search and search for a good location to start their new community. They find exactly what they are looking for in a big green mountain, that they so appropriately name "Monteverde". They spend years making connections and solidifying friendships, establishing a dairy, and clearing pastures and home lots for their community. The real goal of the Quakers was to settle the green mountain, and such was their focus for around twenty years.

Then the pace changed drastically. They started to realize that the area around them was being adversely affected by their actions, the birds loosing homes, etc. All very slowly but the effect was still there, and noticeable. So now they knew that they had to do something to help save and preserve the gorgeous land that was all around them. With a little elbow grease, some mind juice, and a whole lot of help, they founded the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. This was the beginning of conservation projects in Costa Rica. In retrospect I’m sure wolf would consider this one of his biggest achievements.

Conservation is a huge topic of my focus. I have always believed in conserving natural resources. Be it beautiful land, animals, culture or things like water and diamonds. Keeping the world around you healthy keeps you healthy. Why cut down one of the primary sources of oxygen. I of course am talking about trees. They bring in air filled with co2 and "eat the co2" then give back the oxygen. Who in their right mind would cut that down!? Conservation is something that is absolutely necessary for the survival of the human race, as well as the entire world! This will most definitely be a huge part of my research project.

If you have been keeping up with our class you would know that we are reading this book to eventually travel to Costa Rica and conduct a comparative research project on our area and Costa Rica. This will take a good amount of money and a boat load of responsibility. But I believe in mine and my peer’s ability to use the tools our teachers have given us to do a fantastic job! We are going to Costa Rica, and we are going to have a great time, do lots of research and make lots of connections. This is the most amazing opportunity my peers and I have ever had. We are so excited and so ready for this!

In our class we have been doing some major fundraising. Over the summer we did a car wash, we worked a booth for four days at a fair. Going to Costa Rica is not cheap, and we are dedicated to go. We have to raise around fifteen thousand dollars for us to go. There are a few different ways for you to help us. There is a donate button on our website, also if you live near us we are doing a raking fundraiser. The raking fundraiser consist of you paying us one hundred dollars per acre to rake your lawn and dispose of the leafs. All the information can be found on our website. DONATE!

You can keep up with us and our ventures on seacoast online. Here is our latest article!

Friday, October 22, 2010

We are live!

Our Facebook account is up and running and our PayPal account is accepting online donations. look for our article in the Portsmouth Herald/ Seacoast online over the weekend. We are hiring out for leaf raking October 23rd-November 7th. please consider supporting us and check us out! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Road to the top

Wolf Guindon is a man with many hopes and many ideas. He is a man who knows what he believes and knows what he has to do to fulfill his dreams. He is determined to do what he knows is right for him, for his family and for the world. These attributes are all things that I would say all people strive to have. This is the difference between fully living your life and just sitting back watching the years streak past you. Many people live their lives and die without knowing what they really are, or what they really want. Wolf and I share a strong passion for life. Although I may not know exactly what I'm going to do with my life I have a very strong pull towards being outside, and using my mind to its fullest. My motivation and will will drive me and bring me to the places I want to be.

In chapter three we hear about how the roads leading up to Monteverde Costa Rica had to be constantly worked on. This makes me think of how progress is the name of the game and as long as you are moving forward you are doing what you need to do. The road may be impassible now, but not for long! It is this very way of thinking that powers me through tough times. Walking With Wolf is a very inspiring read, and I recommend it to all my readers! Check it out for your self!