On September 25th I leave for Philadelphia for staging, after which I fly to Thies, Senegal, for my three months of training. At the end of training Peace Corps will finally inform me of my exact site and project.
For now I'm making the most of my last summer in the states. It's been a flurry of working, playing, and prepping for Africa. I've done some great climbing (the Sisters and Mt. Hood, OR) and hiking (Olympics and Cascades, WA). My brother got married in the end of July at our house on Bainbridge. The ceremony was spectacular, with homemade split log benches my dad and brothers and I made, and flowers that my mom carefully tended.
In my spare time I've been attempting to prepare myself by getting gear together, studying French, and reading up on the history of Senegal and Peace Corps' involvement.