Staying up late on a Wednesday! Wooooh!

There’s no trail building tomorrow morning because of the rain, so my bedtime isn’t ten o’clock tonight 🙂

Wednesday June 2, 2010

Today we worked 8 hours on 1 long stretch of trail.

We also got started on  a grade dip on a different section.  A bunch of inmates helped us on parts of the trail we hadn’t gotten to yet, like connecting everything together.  Then we went to a nearby river to wash off.  That was really nice.  I also Euked people in Eucher.  (What was I thinking? haha)  I should play that with people back home…(Trump, renigging, Right and left)  My abdominal area didn’t feel too good today.  Earlier today I was feeling sharp pains, not sure if it’s the work pants putting too much pressure in that area or something else.  Then when I was getting ready for bed my stomach felt really queasy.  I don’t know what it could be.  I hope it doesn’t affect my work tomorrow…

Thursday June 3, 2010

I was worn out today.  I still wasn’t feeling too great and it was really hot.  Towards the end I felt like I was walking around in a stupor; not a good sign.  We worked 8 hours finishing up River Loop Trail.  Then we went to the store (I got ice cream) & then to the river agin.  We checked out tomorrow’s trail; lots of weeds to get rid of.  Laura and I also played Eucher with the guys tonight.  Ian + Adam = annoying.  I need to avoid that situation so it stops bothering me so much.  Also we have to critique each other tomorrow. Great.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Crazy thunderstorms last night and strange lights!  I love sleeping in the rain.  Today’s 8 hour work day was hot but it went by fast.  In the morning we were doing some (pointless) weed whipping against a bunch of grass.  I got really into it, venting some frustration against the grass.  Then I got to use the gas-powered brusher/weed eater.  That was super fun.  It took me awhile to figure out how to turn it on but once I did, I had a blast getting covered in grass and knocking it all over.  We didn’t know how far the trail actually went so I stopped at a pretty random spot.  During lunch we had our critique/feedback session.  It went better than I thought it would.  They all complimented me on my lack of complaints, ability to get things done and calming aura, but they also thought I should be more vocal and less introverted.  I feel that after this feedback session I’m more comfortable around the whole group…I cooked dinner with Patrick today, chickpeas and eggplant stew.  It went well.  I also gave my No More Deaths presentation to the group.  I definitely gave people info that they didn’t know before.  I hope it inspires them to at least tell others or to find out more.

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Still stuck in May according to my journal entries…

Sunday May 30, 2010

Today I woke up in a not so great mood.  Just worried about my return home and what I may find there.  My short workout with the boys helped brighten my mood.  Then walked into the lake to a knee-high depth and decided it’s not worth risking the fish hooks in my feet.  Also lakes aren’t so fun for the weak swimmer.  There’s no current to help one along.  After that we went to a really nice creek in a canyon;

also managed to touch one of the many poison ivy infestations.  Hopefully I won’t get it again…Had two scoops of amazing ice cream for $2 from some super friendly ppl.  All Virginians so far are super friendly.  Now, after a good supper and hearing the many birds chirping and frogs crying (& boats roaring), I’m pretty much ready for bed.  I get to cook dinner tomorrow.  I’m thinking eggplant and chickpea stew.  I’m also going to try to wake up in a chipper mood.  One of my goals is to be the happiest person ever and that means not being gloomy over not being able to talk to my bf.  I’m in a wonderful relationship; that is nothing to be gloomy about.

We drive to our hitch campsite tomorrow.  I’m pretty excited.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Today was a really good day (The best day ever!) We didn’t do much.  Learned how to play Eucher, packed up the trailer and came to our official camp site, set up in a light shower.  Went to Covington for dinner at Burger King.  Hung out with the Wi-fi and cell reception.  On our return back to camp we stopped to see a beautiful waterfall.

Now we are going to bed early to get a good day’s rest for our first work day tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We worked 8 hours today.  We had a slow start in the morning, being our 1st day and Dawn stopped by to officially meet us.  Then we set out on the trail.  Came across an open field with the mountain backdrop then walked down the overgrown trail we were to work on.  It was surveyed before we got there so we only have to work on parts of it.  (Wrong!)  Basically all we do is knock down weeds, widen the tread, bench cut the outslope, then re-veg to make it look like we weren’t there. 

I was tired very easily but we got a decent amount of work done.  Plus the trail goes right by a river so it’s exceptionally pretty.