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March 24, 2009 – Comments (1)

Wow, what a great response to my last post.  I really appreciate the donations to cover the expenses I was short on.

I mentioned our school has visitors this week, 13 students and 3 chaperones.  It is not regular school days this week. 

One of the most unusual businesses we have is the craft store.  I say unusual because I can't see how it sells enough crafts and supplies to pay for itself in a community of 600 people...  We have this beautiful craft store, but no restaurant or bank.

One of the activities for our visitors this week is native crafts and making birch bark baskets.  The birch bark baskets the women in this community make are very beautiful.  They also dye porcupine quills and sew them on as designs, flowers, birds, etc.  We just did simple baskets without quill designs today as it takes a long time to decorate these baskets.  Anyway, getting the baskets the ladies make to where people can buy them would be an enormous economic gain for the community and familes of the women who make them.

I think 3 out of the 4 girls I am bringing to Vancouver have either mothers or grandmothers who make the baskets.  Right now I am working on getting these girls to get some samples to take with us to Vancouver  We are going to visit Whistler and that is where there is a good market where people would buy these baskets.  So, in addition to this being a science trip and it is going to be teaching some entrepreneurship skills seeing if we can find any stores willing to sell these baskets.  We can also try a few places in Vancouver.

But, that isn't what I was doing to fall down 12 times today. 

We were snowshoeing in the afternoon.  The snow up here is so deep right now, even with snow shoes I sunk in more then 2 feet in some places.  I was like an baby taking their first baby steps on those snow shoes, over, on my back and well, I was sinking deeper into the snow the first time, and try to push up with your hands and they just sink into the snow...  It was a heck of a lot of fun.  Another 6' 2" teacher sunk in up to his waist, and that is about 3 ft. He took a picture of me wailing in the snow on my back arms and legs swinging everywhere as I tried to figure out how to get up without sinking in deeper.

We are divided into groups of 3 and one of the groups had a whole day outdoor activity.  It was -26 C this morning, warming up to -9 C during the day.  That's -14 F to 14 F. 

Last year there was never more then about 6 inches of snow on the ground.  This year we have mountains of snow.


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#1) On March 24, 2009 at 1:48 AM, QualityPicks (55.99) wrote:

Wow, what happened to global warming? I guess everything we are doing is helping :) or maybe the recession has bankrupted to many companies, pollution is minimal :) Anyway, cool to hear :)

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