... in Mc Kinley Ville / Arcata
... in Mc Kinley Ville / Arcata
The importance of logging companies and logging towns was a huge contextual factor that I noticed on our trip. With the Pacific Lumber Company, an entire town was built around the mill. There were cookie cutter houses just on the other side of the fence from the mill which were most likely used for mill employees when the mill was first in use. In class, we had talked about the importance of lumber mills to surrounding communities but driving in a town that was likely the result of the mill being built was very interesting. We could tell that the houses were close to the mill and built quickly for incoming employees. The layout of the town followed the property and fence line of the mill which was interesting to see. While in our class we did focus on the environmentalist side of things, it was also very obvious in the town by Pacific Lumber Co. that lumber companies are just as important as preserving wilderness. Lumber companies can create entire towns and help the economy stay regulated which is an important aspect of human life. While lumber companies are frowned upon by environmentalists, they are trying to do their best for their families and their towns. While the original building of the Pacific Lumber Co. looked like it was no longer in use, a newer building had been built to keep the town going. While the lumber company was the main start to this town, it brought in more people who then created banks, schools, gas stations, and other necessary things for a town, the lumber mill however, was clearly the backbone to this town. There have been many towns that turned into ghost towns quickly after a lumber mill had been shut down. Even with other businesses and buildings in a lumber town, if the mill is shut down, there is not enough left to support a whole town. Many people attempt to stay as long as they can but a grocery store will not support the entire town for jobs and income so inevitably, the town is deserted.Read more
I think this trip will have an influence on my decision making and my ability to go with the flow. Seeing Shelby so willing to talk to locals about great opportunities for our group was great, even if we did not get to go to all of those things. Hearing everyone giving Shelby feedback about things going smoother when she was more assertive and decisive was also important for me as a leader. I tend to try to let others decide because I am not sure what they want to do, but in many leadership situations, it is not always about what people want to do, and I know I need to learn to be more assertive in that aspect. Decision making is another important part of trip planning. In class, we talked about how there is not a wrong decision when deciding to do one activity or another, either way you will get to do something fun, so spending less time stressing over the decision and more time doing the activity you chose will help you, as well as the group. This trip also showed me that just because I am not having the best time, does not mean that someone else is not enjoying it. In San Francisco I tried to make sure I was asking people how their days were. In every case, people told me they had a great day and had lots of fun doing activities with the group they stuck with. Even though I was not having the best time, I was glad to hear that other people in the group were enjoying the trip. As a result of asking people about their day, I usually ended up finding something in my day that was enjoyable as well. So in the end, other people enjoying the trip helped me enjoy it more too.Read more
Stopped at Eureka for the night. We were here 20 years ago looking for a new place to live when we moved from the East Coast ... so glad we never moved here.
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