Monday, June 16, 2008

Week Six Has Come and Gone!

Sitting by the fire in TN.

Crew 2's overnight accomodations (Overmountain Shelter).


Roan Mtn in black and white.

A happy reunion at Overmountain Shelter.

Overmountain Shelter.

Hat fungus..

The hike to Roan Mountain is a scenic one.

The crew enjoys the afternoon/evening while Ted documents.

I don't know.

Too pooped to care.

Time to dive in on this project!

The pavillion at Sherando Lake all lit up.

Safety Robot...

Orange fang, look out for him on the Trail!

Crew 1 group shot at Humpback Rocks.

The end of week 6; wow, we can't believe it! Our crews both had a great week to end the 1st half of the season with. Crew 1 was able to get some unbelievable work accomplished with the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club at Humpback Rocks. And, the crew enjoyed the luxurious accommodations at Sherando Lake, swimming and hanging out in front of the fire (what a change from last week!).

Crew 2 meanwhile had a great week on Roan Mountain with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club. With great views and easy digging, this project will indeed be something to look forward to for the remaining weeks!

See you in a few weeks!


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hot, Hot, Heat...

The only way to live (in the heat).


Sledgehammerin' on Matt's Creek Rehab.


They look cute and cuddly but don't let them fool you, Gypsy Moths are no friend of ours!

Spreading leaves in addition to the green leaves dropped by the Gypsy Moths.

Crew 2 gathers on the Foot Bridge after a week on Matt's Creek.

Crew 1 shows off newly completed trail at the Pine Swamp Relocation.

We're here to wash your dishes...

If you live on the east coast, you probably know about the heat wave this week. Heat, heat and more heat was the theme for week #5 with crew 1 on the Pine Swamp Relocation and crew 2 on the Matt's Creek Rehabilitation project. Luckily, both crews were able to find some cool water to get in a dip or two after the days work making this a bit more bearable (as we hope you did too!).
We're hoping for a little cool down for the end of the first half of the season and it's looking promising with highs in the low eighties for week 6.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Week 4 has come and gone...

Sunset in the James River Face Wilderness

A little mud never hurt anyone

Hanging at base camp after a days work

Assistant crew leader Dannon McKinnon walks in the mist to the worksite

Crew #1 poses on the Copper Ridge Bald project

Volunteers on a hike to "Devils Marbleyard" after a day of work

A Volunteer digs in at Copper Ridge Bald

If it was alive we could use if to haul crush & fill!

Prepping a log step on the Matt's Creek project

The crew getting ready to depart the Matt's Creek project at weeks end

Again, my apologies for the lack of posts in the recent weeks. The crew has been busy with crew #1 completing the Copper Ridge Bald project and crew #2 getting some serious work completed on the Justus Creek Relocation in Georgia. In addition, crew #2 started week 1 of 3 at the Matt's Creek Rehabilitation project in the James River Face Wilderness, a project that requires a 1-2 hour backpack in to the camp/worksite.

Both crews have had some great experiences (like sitting on a dinosaur) and some not so great experiences (getting a truck stuck on a muddy forest service road) but in the end it seems like everyone looks back with fond memories of each week.

We really cannot believe that week 4 has already come and gone! If you haven't made it out you better hurry!

Until next week,