Monday, June 6, 2011

Californication- Red Hot Chili Peppers

It's the edge of the World
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the east
At least it settles in a final location
It's understood that hollywood
Sells Californication

WFR Course-
I'm here in Petaluma California, home of Lagunitas IPA. In fact, i may be enjoying one of these while i write...

I arrived here on the 31st of May excited to start the next chapter in life, this of course being the beginnings of life after undergrad University. If anything, i guess a plane ride to California not knowing anyone on the other end, with an adventure ahead of me, sounds like a great way to begin.

We are staying at the KOA in Petaluma, CA. There are about 30 of us first year trip guides, which means a ridiculous collection of mountaineering, backpacking and all weather tents spread aimlessly across these camp grounds, mixed in with slack lines, frisbee and hammocks... feels like home. Our mission here is a 10 day intensive study WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course. This includes CPR certification and a heavy load of practical skills that will become highly needed for the trips we are all leading. Yesterday, we had a scenario that involved 5 people hanging from a jungle gym made of ropes with fake blood everywhere. The scenario described to us was that a gondola from a french ski resort had fallen a large distance down and there were 5 victims. The 25 of us were expected to organize ourselves and give emergency care to 5 victims who didn't speak english and had several specific and unique things wrong such as a broken femur, clavicle, ribs, brain damage and in my victims case a skewer threw his arm, spinal and severe shock. HA it was crazy. I'm looking forward to tomorrow nights adventure. Our instructors are having us do a night scenario, where the directions to the location will be given at dinner and we have been told to expect at least a 30 min drive. I can't imagine what this episode will look like.

The team here is bonding really well. I can't wait for staff training after the weekend. I can't wait for Thailand after staff training.

Dream of Californication