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Day 26 – Presentation Day

Posted on June 29, 2013 by Kerry McMahon

I was a complete bundle of nerves this morning, practically making myself sick, so I just kep reminding myself that soon enough, the presentations would be over and I’d look back at all that nervousness and laugh. And I did.

They presentations went really well. I cannot even narrow down the best ones because they were all so good! I was blown away by the speaking skills of the students. Everyone, even if they didn’t get the results they were expecting, did an EXCELLENT job of reporting their research. I feel like I learned so much from each and every person here, it’s going to be tough to top this anywhere in my life.

My presentation went well, I think. I felt like I may have enlightened people as to how severe the erosion problem is here.

Roadside erosion in the Ka'a'wa Valley

After presentations , we left the ranch and had a great dinner at a place that boasted beautiful tropical gardens and a Koi pond. It was nice to have some quality one-on-one time with some members of the group.

Back at the barn, we celebrated our last night together and began wrapping our heads around the reality that is tomorrow. One of our members, Scott, had to leave last night, so we sent him off with our best goodbyes, hanging over the barn railing.

I cannot really express how I am feeling about all of this… somewhat too difficult to put into words. But I can say for sure this is by far the best thing I have ever done in my life, and I’ve done a lot.

Godspeed.

 

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