Last updated: July 21, 2014
There only one word to describe last week and that word is "Exploring." Last week had to be our busiest weeks so far! We were introduced to Lelia Mellen, of the Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program of the NPS and a high schooltrail crew. We also worked alongside RTCA on one of their summer projects, which was to clean up an old railroad track to prepare it for use as a tral. We all had to work as a team to lift the heavy beams off the trail and load them on to the bed of a truck. Overall, that was my favorite day; I really enjoy doing that type of work. Plus, working with new people is a good learning curve for all ages; you get to see that everyone has different opinions on life and how to work as a team. Yet, you also learn a lot about yourself in the process.That wasn't my only highlight of the week. For most of the week we worked with Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, taking tours and getting to meet the staff that works there. Saint-Gaudens blew me away! I thought the artwork there was amazing. How SAGA set up their displays was off the charts and you really felt as though you walked into another time; that's how good the artwork was. It wasn't just the artwork or meeting the people that made that trip fun, but it was the fact that we got to clean bronze sculpted artwork. Being able to see art work is great, but being able to touch and see the detail put into it, makes the art somehow even better.