Gabe gave a short lecture focused on the tragedy of the commons and the group discussed the danger of apathy towards our shared natural resources as well as the power we yield as citizens to affect environmental policy in politics. We found it easier to take to heart the discussion sitting outside in the forest than if we had been inside a class room.
Our hike was also sweetened by some delicious blackberries we found by the side of the trail. The rest of the day we enjoyed a few well earned luxuries- including soda, the chance to shower, and a washing machine! The day wound down as we ate dinner with Alex's family, sang happily to MacGyver (aka Eric Hahn), and anticipated the arrival of Issac's brother who was bringing a football for us to pass around on Independence day.
Written By Student Reporters: Lena Cetic & Isaac Shcumacher