Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Last Wednesday evening, things were pretty quiet around camp. Crew #1 was in Georgia and several Crew #2 folks were going to arrive late. So, when the small group of 4-5 Volunteers, myself and the crew leaders gathered for dinner that night, we said to ourselves "my it's eerily quiet."
Well, with Crew #1 returning from Georgia and Crew #2 returning from a week in the backcountry, Monday night was anything but quiet like the Wednesday before!
Both crews had great weeks with near perfect weather (hard to imagine with all the rain we're getting today) and some great work completed to boot. Crew #1 was able to finish the Justus Creek Relocation in the late hours with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club capping a two year project. Crew #2 was able to make great progress with the Jenkins Project (a three year project) totaling roughly 3500 ft of trail rehabilitation. One thru-hiker exclaimed as they were almost running down the Trail "this trail is so great I can almost fly!"
So far with week #3 down, we've been able to maintain our perfect safety record (knock on wood) and hope to continue with some great work for week #4 and beyond!
Thanks to everyone that's Volunteered so far to make this a successful season!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Doug showes his excitement for the hike.
Czar can do more than cook a mean meal! He assisted the crew in carrying in gear.
Sylvia packs the bear bags before hanging.
The crew holds "court" around the campfire.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Doug and Melissa atop a new staircase.
Friday, May 8, 2009
So, at the end of our pre-season project checks on May 3rd, Assistant Crew Leader, Doug DeJarnett gets the call....
His daughter is having her 1st baby and if he can make it in time, he'll be there for the moment. Doug gets back to base camp, gets in his vehicle and rushes off to Richmond (driving the speed limit all the way of course!). And, a few hours after arriving, his daughter gives birth to a healthy 7 lb and some change, baby boy (named Camden, born 12:30 am, May 4th, 2009).
I'm pretty sure it's a first for Konnarock; the first crew staff member to become a grandfather? Correct me if I'm wrong but....
Let the celebratory cigar smoking begin! Doug now goes by the name "Grand Doo-Dah."
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Dinner waiting to be served.
Well, somebody must have done a dance for us or something! The crew headed out after waiting for the better part of an hour for things to calm down and we didn't get rained on all day; we even saw some sunshine for a second or two!
If you're in the east, you're probably getting rain today. Majestic Lake Konnarock has formed at camp and we're hoping to see an end to the rain (or at least for it to lighten up) so we can get to work!
If anyone knows how to do an "anti-rain dance" or something, give it a whirl for us!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Seems as though we do a cycle of big and bright, then a subdued design since I've been running the t-shirt game with the Crew. Last year was a quiet shirt but this year we're back with a big design!
Hope you like it! You can thank Mr. Noland Hisey for helping with the art!
Friday, May 1, 2009
During the past week or so, we've been out checking up on our upcoming projects for the season, soaking up the sun and seeing what spring has to offer. It's a tough job. Really it is....
The crew did the remainder of Virginia project checks including Mt. Rogers Rehab, Jenkins Shelter Trail Rehab, and the Bluff City Relocation. As you can see above, there are some pretty nice views to be had on the hike into the Mt. Rogers Rehab project. Equally as nice is the stream we'll be camped near during the Jenkins project. I can't wait to take a dip and try out the fishing on this remote stream!
At this very moment, the crew is completing the southern project checks with a stop in GA yesterday and onwards to North Carolina and Tennessee for the remainder of the week.
Can you believe Week#1 starts next week?! I can't, but we're ready to see base camp buzzing with Volunteers again.
Can't wait to see folks next Wednesday!