Entry #3–Final for today

Lots of stuff to do after this!

Monday June 14, 2010

Almost done with the rock wall, just 1 more layer. 

I miss home incredibly tonight.  My friends are nothing like my crew.  I miss my friends terribly.  I love that I’m here and that I have this opportunity, it’s just nights like these that make me want to go home.  I’ve never longed for it so much.  It’s due in part to my lack of choice…but this is a new adventure and great development for the mind.  I should seek the happiness in everything no matter what 🙂

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Today the rock wall was officially completed.Al, a retired forest ranger and one of the trail assessors, complemented us on our job well done.  After completion the rest of the day was pretty much busy work because the other two working the area worked the ditch-digging on the switchback jobs; I pretty much found busy work until it was time to leave.  Then I worked on setting up the solar shower.  I’ll finish it tomorrow; I think it will work…Today was a very quiet day.  I liked it.  I miss my peeps back home though.  I hope I get mail soon; that’s one of my fav things.  Just a few more days before I find out if I will get a visitor…

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Today just worked on completing the ditch and switchback at the rock wall, made crush and brushed some.  Going to bed early.  Almost the 18th! Oh and almost finished setting up the solar shower and realized there is ivy right behind it.  I have a feeling its toxins are all over my pants.  I need to be extra aware of any itchy spots and wash those pants as soon as possible…

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today was a pretty awesome day.  I did stare at the clock the whole day we worked mainly because I was fire raking the whole time, probably my least fav tool.  I look forward to tomorrow; it is a very ambitious day.  We will be brushing the entire trail, top to bottom, plus cutting some hinge and filling a hole.  It will be a long day but a good one.  Plus I find out if K.C. will be able to visit!  I was a little disappointed about not getting any mail…bummer.  (There are lots of strange noises going on inside my tent right now.)  Carb-loaded for dinner so should have enough energy for tomorrow.  played an excellent game of Catan (I had 9 points!)  Once agian ppl almost got on my nerves but I realize that they take things too seriously and I’m getting annoyed by it because I’m taking it too seriously.  Revelation!! Light’s about to runout…I miss my headlamp 😦

Entry #2

I can’t wait to go geocaching soon! Monster and Nine Princes, here I come!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Revamped the rock retaining wall in the rain.  I had grown too attached to it so it was difficult to see but it turned out better in the end.  It no longer tapers to ever smaller rocks so we can keep putting on big rocks which will make it more structurally sound.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.  Then we worked on sharpening and cleaning the tools; I needed a nap at this point so I was pretty out of it.  Ended the day with two huge slices of pizza at Jason’s which was awesome.  One thing I learned: Quit letting everybody elses emotions and actions get to me so much.  How about I start influencing them with my abundance of happiness and forgiveness?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Drove to Charlottesville with the crew yesterday; we’re staying at a Days Inn with a nice pool.  It’s also very nice to have cell reception.  Last night we all bonded with cards.  Today we drove to Shenandoah National Park and hike the Appalachian trail.  The 2 guys in front saw a juvenile bear and slowly backed away.  Also saw a couple of piles of bear scat and a beautiful (several actually) vista(s) of the surrounding mtns.  Upon return we bought blackberry milkshakes 🙂  Nice and relaxing time off!  As soon as I return to camp I’m preparing some all natural bug repellent.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Yesterday we visited a bunch of battlefields and the capital at Richmond.  Now I’m back at our campsite all alone.  I ate way too much crap food on our break.  I’m cutting that out from now on…In about a wk I find out whether KC can come visit or not.  I hope he can.  It feels absolutely amazing to be with him and I’m so happy that we met.  I hope we can experience so many things together…working on completing the rock wall tomorrow.  Shouldn’t be a bad day.

Physics/Permanence

Ecstasy

Rock and Roll Revolution

Forgiveness

Exploration

Camping

True Love

Intimacy

Organic

Natural

3 separate entries for the last 3 times I slacked off…

But before I begin I would like to post a link to how to build a house out of tires.  Not only is it an efficient use of those pesky things but it’s a badass structure too! http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2009/10/22/earthship-dennis-weavers-proof-you-can-build-greener/

Saturday June 5, 2010

Today we went up to Bogun’s run and worked for 8 hours.  Clearing and started a rock retaining wall on a switchback.  I get to head that up tomorrow.  Too distracted to write a significant amount.  Their “bromance” is making me irritable and I would like to start avoiding interacting with that duo.  We’ll see if that’s possible until the next critique session.  On a lighter note, I love lightning bugs and the things they do in Virginia 🙂

Sunday June 6, 2010

Today we worked at the rock wall for 8 hours on the Bogan Run Trail (part of that was transit time).  The bare work area is officially dug out with a nice 60 degree angle out.  Now we need to dig the perfect hole for our 1st foundational monster rock.  There was a nice rain today and an uphill climb.  I found my 1st tick (before it bit me).  We are also 25% through with our program.  Today was a really good day and I’m exceptionally tired.  I’m looking forward to the offhitch.  It would be nice to fall asleep to more rain…

Monday June 7, 2010

Breakthrough on the rock wall today! We set a whole 8 rocks today (except the giant keystone counts as 5, so 12 rocks).  It is a lot more complicated than I thought it would be; 3 points of contact and very little movement…We finally got our uniforms today!  I’m excited about the backpack and the parents sent a care pkg full of stuff I don’t especially need right now haha thanks mom and dad!  Also while waiting for everybody to be ready to play Catan, I totally fell asleep and didn’t wake up again.  Oh well….2 more days until the off hitch!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Worked 8 more hours on that rock wall.  Things are getting frustrating…I only have a vague idea of what I’m doing, one of my team  members does not seem happy to be there and it’s an incredibly complicated job.  We ran out of workable rocks about an hour before heading out.  Tomorrow will be a super short day.  Also a day of feedback!



Water–Blue Gold

This post is for Blog Action Day–blogactionday.change.org.

Water is an incredibly precious resource.  98% of the Earth’s water supply is salt water.  Most of the 2% that is fresh is locked in ice.  Yet with these startling figures, Americans waste water every day!  We think water is an unlimited resource because it is so cheap.  If we step back and look at the state of water in the rest of the world, it might give us some perspective.  For example, millions of ppl do not have access to clean water.  So many children die from diarrhea due to dehydration.  This can be prevented through global consciousness and a realization of what water really is: Blue Gold.