Life Lessons, As Taught by Climate Summer

A compendium of things learned, written with love by Team Maine

The road may be long, but the rewards are many

The road may be long, but the rewards are many

Janice:

  • how to use cabbage, tofu, and an entire bottle of “maple” syrup in a single meal
  • how to attach granola bars to handlebars (Velcro is the answer)
  • how to avoid tan lines (pretend they don’t exist)
  • how to predict the weather (if you’re going biking, there’s a 100% chance of rain)
  • how to negotiate with the internet gods for WiFi (I’ll get my soul back eventually)
  • how to run over the same dead skunk three times (I don’t understand either)
  • how to stay clean on the road (kidding, this never happens)

Elena:

  • how to make and model trash bag rain gear (sometimes a jacket just isn’t enough)
  • how to mulch (give Garrett lots of moral support!)
  • how to be dirty… all the time!
  • how to actually become and stay a vegetarian (lots of kale and a $6/day budget)
  • how to create 70-ft “smokestacks” out of balloons (and transport them two miles in the wind)

Mariah:

  • how to clean anything and everything with dish soap
  • how to make anything gourmet (more onions! more butter!)
  • how to get Shaun into the kitchen for a team meeting (offer ice cream)
  • how to get the worst smelling clothes in the world (join Climate Summer)
  • how to blow up dozens of inflatable inner tubes on a school bus at 6am
  • how to find any of my teammates at an event (NEON ORANGE)
  • how to truly appreciate the invention of the Ziploc baggy
  • how to weed (remove every blade of grass in the garden)
  • how to get a bike shop to stay open after hours (give ‘em beer)*

Shaun:

  • how to switch outfits while biking
  • how to bathe anywhere (biking in a thunderstorm will do it)
  • how to run out of water in the rain (and beg strangers to refill our bottles)
  • how to remove jacket cords from the gearset using only a pocket knife
  • how to get super strong (bike 200 miles on underinflated tires)
  • how to attract police officers (leave the church lights on while working late)
  • how to reassure police officers we did not in fact break into a church

Garrett:

  • how to appear to be clean (apply deodorant. sweat. repeat.)
  • how to get clean (shower in an industrial-size sink)
  • how to bungee anything (and I mean anything) to the rear rack of a bicycle
  • how to take a great nap (find a pew with a cushion)
  • how to get six flats in a week (is it a curse?)
  • how to bike 30 miles before 8am (volunteer at the Sebago Lake Flotilla)
  • how to scare little children (teach them about climate change)

And finally, how to be a team:
Bike 1200 miles with a group of strangers while doing all of the above.

On the road

More miles, more smiles

*Climate Summer-approved, we promise!

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2 Responses to Life Lessons, As Taught by Climate Summer

  1. Winston says:

    Just noticed that none of your bikes had mud guards. Seems a big mistake.

  2. Winston says:

    Very funny. Love it. Keep up with your humor and camaraderie.

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