- August 24, 2016
- Posted by Samantha Mckeachnie
In the Swan Valley up a dirt road, with no cell service and not another human soul in sight. The pointed mountain peaks still holding their snow and whitetail deer poking their heads out into the morning light. This is a common work environment for the crews of MCC.
- August 19, 2016
- Posted by Megan Hazen
Try as we might, our crew can’t come up with a catchy nickname that outlasts “Sweaty Mushrooms.” The origin story of Sweaty Mushrooms is not interesting: we had a package of mushrooms on one of our first hitches that became sweaty by the time we used them for a dinner. But the name has staying power; maybe because we are usually sweaty and very earthy, like mushrooms.
- August 15, 2016
- Posted by Cassie Andrews
We will never be able to un-see what we saw in Bear Trap Canyon. We were once able to take a hike through the woods, a stroll through the park, and even a nice walk through our neighborhoods without much of a thought to what surrounded us—noxious weeds.
- August 08, 2016
- Posted by Kong Yang
The day was only supposed to entail a steady 5 mile hike into Iceberg Lake, a high-country survey (mountain goats and big-horned sheep), then hike back out to Many Glacier in Glacier National Park. The hike to Iceberg Lake was calm, cool and relaxing. The crew took pictures on the way, enjoying the views and cool air that day. Going slower than usual, we arrived at the lake around 11:30am…
- July 29, 2016
- Posted by Tim Goessman
Our last hitch up Tin Cup Creek, was, to me, the most rewarding one yet. We saw some beautiful country and finally got to learn more advance trail maintenance techniques.
- July 28, 2016
- Posted by Conrad Scheid
“How was your hitch?”
That’s a question I’ve grown accustomed to hearing over the last couple months. Like many niceties of conversation, it’s an easier thing to ask than to answer…
- July 25, 2016
- Posted by Jackie-Teresa Hart
The rotating Earth has gifted the now present horizon with the enchantment, the fulfilling nourishment of the sun’s rays. The beaming glory, Robins calling, flowing about with a dozen species of other singing morning birds… Sitting with the Missouri River, as the Earth continues it’s rotation, the sun kisses the White Cliffs with glory. Swallowtails fly, between their homes upon the cliffs and the campground. Teal dragonflies greet thee, and goodness this day! It has begun.
- July 22, 2016
- Posted by Natasha Bennetts
Our raingear helped but many of us learned we might need to do some re-waterproofing.
- July 18, 2016
- Posted by Colin O'Hair
The Historical Preservation crew’s most recent hitch lasted eight days in Western Yellowstone. We camped next to Nez Perce Creek and worked with several of the park’s trail crews. First we worked on a new trail that overlooked the Grand Prismatic. Together we cut out a quarter mile of fresh trail 18 inches wide so a small excavator could come through and widen the trail further.
- July 15, 2016
- Posted by Benjamin Gentry
Building a bike track for the first week wasn’t hard work, excepting the sunburn, rain, hail, and temperature fluctuations…
- July 13, 2016
- Posted by Kong Yang
The Glacier Youth Corps had a grand experience working in the park.
- June 21, 2016
- Posted by Sabrina Hardy
Deep breaths are taken moments before hitting the trail air. Anxious worries are calmed shortly after we start weaving through the trees. A 1,400-foot elevation gain and three miles of trekking into the backcountry liberates us from any societal stressors. Breaking the chains from the world of clocks is one of the steps of learning to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Standing in a sea of trees in the backcountry can tend to leave us feeling so small and vulnerable. These are the moments we breathe in and allow nature’s nurturing roots to grasp onto our vulnerability and let it shine in our strengths and weaknesses. During this time, we have the ability to create stronger connections and bonds with our
work, environment, and the ones sharing these moments.
- June 06, 2016
- Posted by Ian Davidson
While most people who use that trail will never see or think of those walls helping to hold those switchbacks, I have gained a new appreciation for the structures on trails and the time and effort it takes to build them.
- May 19, 2016
- Posted by Celia Schwenter
Snow falling, cold feet, grey and white skies. I hadn’t been expecting snow. Not that it upset me, I was actually quite excited because it added an extra challenge to our camping and saw training, not to mention an extra element of badass-ness. “What did you do last week?” “Oh, the usual with MCC, cut down some trees with a chain saw in the snow.”
- April 26, 2016
- Posted by Becca Waldo
March came in like a lamb and is heading out like a lion. Daily snow showers and cold in the past weeks came on the heels of balmy weather. Late February and the early parts of this month teased us with sunny days, warm temperatures, and rapid snow melt. The mid-winter thaw got us GY FCLs chomping for the bit for some fresh air and exercise. As Ishmael might say: we were looking to drive off the spleen and regulate the circulation.