Winding Down

  • October 28, 2017
  • Posted by Guest Blogger

The past two months have been a roller coaster in so many ways: Coming out of the Bob Marshall, adjusting to life back in civilization, having our team split up for disaster relief, readjusting to a new team dynamic, reuniting, Warms Hearts Warm Homes, etc.

It’s been a busy time, that’s for sure.

Our crew had a rougher time initially when it came to people volunteering for disaster relief. It wasn’t so much that we were unprepared for the possibility of a natural disaster happening while we were away, nor were we surprised when crew members volunteered to go help respond; but after spending a little over three months together nearly 24/7, it was difficult at first to accept that we were going to not be seeing them for a month.

We’ve just grown to love each other so much, it’s difficult to say goodbye - even temporarily - to people who have become part of your surrogate family.

But we rallied, we accepted, and we kept going. They had a job to do and so did we.

The remainder of our crew still got to do amazing things in the meantime, both when we were split up and when we were united. We helped plant new trees in a watershed and restored fencing to ranches that had suffered burn damage in a fire; we got to go to Glacier National Park, and when we were reunited, we got to work with the elderly as part of the Warm Hearts Warm Homes project.

Being able to assist people in such a direct way was great to experience. While we were definitely thanked for our trail work in different ways, it wasn’t often we interacted with the public, being so far away from civilization; so hearing it on a daily basis was quite the pleasant change for us.

And now, here we are in the homestretch. All too soon, the end of the season is nearly here. Already we’re growing reminiscent and nostalgic for what happened just a short while ago, but it’s left such an impact we can’t help but bring it up to each other so frequently.

But the work’s not over yet, we just have to keep that in mind as we go on.


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