September 3, 2012 5 Comments
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It being Labor Day, we are not laboring, except, perhaps, under the impression that there is a treehouse on the property, and that we would be able to find it. Well, to be fair: several of the member volunteers have been here before, and some of them have actually seen the treehouse, so seven of us set off in search of it, knowing that whether we found it or not, we’d have an adventure. Here are my hiking companions, Carol and Bill standing, and L-R seated, Ann, Rae, Colleen, and Cathy. These are some pretty impressive human beings, let me tell you. And not just because they all crossed the rope bridge without complaining. (I went first! I went first!)
The hike took us through gorgeous woods, across fields, over bridges, past an impressive ant hill, up to an old cabin. We came upon the ranch’s three charming horses, one of whom took a shine to me and wouldn’t let me get far away enough for a good picture. It was a satisfying two-hour(ish) walk, and we never even found the treehouse. More pictures, including horses and rope bridge, below.
Tomorrow we start work at 8. I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing, but this explains why I’m here:
“Here at Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interest groups, and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort that, if successful, will provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century. Their idea is one you may have thought of yourself. It is a deceptively simple concept but enormously difficult to achieve and would not be possible without the collaboration of citizens willing to lay their partisan differences aside for this one crucial task.
Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups. Every election these volunteers test each candidate’s willingness to provide citizens with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected through the Political Courage Test.”