- August 15, 2017
- Posted by Nicole Young
On the plane to Montana, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I loved the outdoors and didn’t want to work inside another summer; but I also wasn’t the most avid hiker or the most outdoorsy person. I never tent camped before in my life, I had never held a tool in my life (does a butter knife or fork count?).
So when we set out on our first hitch, I was pretty nervous. I still didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew is that we were gonna be working with the Grand Teton Lodge Company at Jackson Lodge.
And wow, what an experience. We got to work on building sun shades for the cabins; originally built in the 50s/60s and we were doing them the same way. For a group of people who had never really worked with power tools or anything having to do with carpentry, we sure got the hang of it real quick!
The project partners were fantastic to work with; a great sense of humor and great teachers. A whole lot of power tools to be used, lots of time painting and rotating out jobs. I don’t know if there was anything more satisfying than watching our crew really come together to get a job done - once we got the hang of things, we were like a well oiled machine.
After hours, we got to take a karate lesson from one of the partners, another one invited us to his home for a home cooked meal (which is so appreciated on hitch, the food was amazing). The people we got to work with were just fantastic and I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better first hitch.
The best part I think was also just bonding with the crew. This was only our first hitch together and yet, we had really bonded over those nine days. I’ve never clicked so well with a group of people. We became more like a family than a crew and I can’t wait to see what else we get to do. The season can only get better from here on out and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. No matter how exhausting the work is, I know that I can look to my crew and the area around me to find my footing again.
Here’s to MCC Summer 2017 - Bring it on!
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