Weekend Retreat

  • July 09, 2014
  • Posted by Erin Murray

There is not much in this world that can beat the feeling of overlooking an alpine lake on a beautiful summer day with a refreshing breeze moving through you. That is exactly how the youth crews of Eastern Wildlands spent their July 4th weekend. Not only were crews fortunate enough to catch firework shows in nearby towns of their work sites but they got to catch nature’s most beautiful show; a sunset at Mystic Lake.

With a group of sixteen it was hard for us to go unnoticed. Fellow hikers stopped us on the trail to ask how our season was going, some were even past MCCers excited to tell us their stories of when they were a youth member. Others were just impressed that so many teenagers have come together to spend their summer in such amazing places doing hard work!

The hike was filled with chatter as members from both crews were able to share stories of their past weeks, where they have been and what they have experienced thus far. Packs became heavy as the trail went up and the miles kept going, sweating was the natural state to be in and shade was scarce. It was all worth it though as we came to the overlook. We stood in shock for a moment struck by the beauty of the Beartooths in the background, Mystic Lake below us and Mystic Lake dam to the right of us, we did not even noticing how cool we all instantly became with the sudden gusts of wind that came blowing off the lake. It was a clear shot down a couple switchbacks until we would be at our home for the night.

As we pulled into our campsite feet were starting to throb, shoulders were becoming sore and, stomachs were aching for some good food. The afternoon quickly came and went as we soaked our feet in the lake, fished, read books in the sun, and explored the woods around us. The night was capped off with backcountry lessons of LNT ethics, topo maps 101, bear hang safety, and cooking delicious meals. 

As the sun set over the lake card games came into play and day fishing turned into night fishing. The mosquitoes wasted no time coming out to join us. One by one we snuck into our tents ready to rest our bodies for our hike down in the morning!


I agree that this episode was a liltte weak. I most definitely agree with Lisa that they are cramming too much information into one episode.In my opinion, when that happens, alot of things get missed and seem rushed. I brought this up last season. The season finale was overkill.If they took their time to tell the story, missing pieces would be much fewer.IMO pros/cons for this episode:Pros: Loved the dialogue between Emma and Snow. The anger Emma carried with her and finally the realization that Snow put her first. Snow did what she thought was best for Emma and now that action is understood. The mystery’ of why one corner of the land survived. I highly suspect Cora somehow protected it. Ironic how Cora wasn’t affected by the curse. It’s my belief she somehow concocted a protection spell. Emmas sarcastic modern day humor is enjoyable.    Mulan   Follow my lead, do what I say .step where I step and we might             survive.    Emma   Thanks for the pep talk. I think we’ll be ok, I just killed a dragon             last week   Mulan   Have you ever seen an ogre?    Emma   No, but I’m pretty sure I dated a few. Lancelot was Cora in present day. That twist was AWESOME.Cons: The beginning battle scene when King George’s men found Snow/Charming’s camp. When the dialogue between the main characters was happening, fighting was taking place in the background. It was awful. The extras were just lazily slapping swords together. Looked like they were handling fly swatters. There was no movement. They just stood there in one spot and went through slow motion movements. It drew my attention away from the dialogue because it was so bad. I felt no sense of danger for the main characters. Awful. The ogre looked ok, but his bark was worse than his bite. The ogre waled alot. That’s about it. It didn’t touch Emma or Snow. Ok, it knocked the gun out of Emma’s hand. The scene was HUGE. Out of all of that you would think the ogre could have knocked the cr#$ of a couple people ..even just one person. That scene was awful. When Henry opened the box of snakes, he was facing a wall. The entrance was behind him. Then Charming/David comes up IN FRONT of henry and shuts the box. Well, wouldn’t Henry have seen David come in before he opened the box? It was so bad I noticed it right away. The first thing I thought was.. Hey, where did he come from? . Badly done placement.The writers need to slow things down and fill in gaping inexplicable holes in their stories. There are WAY TOO MANY to list here. I understand the suspension of disbelief . I totally get it. That’s not what I’m talking about here. It’s the lack of explanation that’s killing them, especially when they build a story around it. Just give an explanation that’s all especially when you build around a point. Don’t just leave it there for people to say Hey, that’s not right .For example:First if was There’s no magic here . Umm ok, then how is the curse working? This is the whole plot in the first season. I think an explanation is in order and no once again I’m not talking about the suspension of disbelief. then . Magic is different here .  Really? How? They brought it up like 5 times. After you bring it up that much, I think you need to elaborate.They need more action ALOT more action. Come on people, this is a story of heroes heroines and villains. I don’t mean they need to put in gory massive bloody scenes but at least give it more kick.IMHO, if they slowed down the storytelling and added more action, the action would offset the slowness of the storytelling. I’m not an expert (by any stretch of the imagination) but if it’s written and acted correctly, the audience would be very entertained. I think the writers have chosen a bad path to tell the story too fast just to keep people watching, that they are missing way too many finer points. Most people I talk too tell me things aren’t very well thought out. I have to agree with them. I already have 2 friends that have lost interest. I don’t want to see this series cancelled. The ideas and concepts are awesome which is why I like it.  I hope the writers are listening to their fans.  .

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