Although the rain did its best to slow them down, this year’s YCC crew completed some big projects in their last 2 weeks. They cut a new section of trail and helped “armor” it, i.e., laying down 50-75lb stones where the trail crossed creek beds. They tore down 140ft section of fence and replaced it with a new split rail version. And in between, they removed invasive species, cleaned dining halls, and rose to any challenge given. On their field trip to nearby High Bridge and Twin Lakes State Parks, they enjoyed themselves biking and swimming in some well-deserved downtime. Graduation was a celebration of all they had accomplished. This year’s crew had bonded much more into a team than we had seen before.
As we freed up from the YCC, we started turning our attention to closing the funding gap for the CCC Cabin Week in October – November. We wrote and delivered letters to local businesses, e-mailed groups and businesses, and began to understand other venues like Gofundme and Kickstarter.
We took some time for a goodbye dinner with Jayden before he headed north to his mom’s. And that weekend, Droz joined us for a couple of nights while his dad delivered Jayden. In return for a bed, we got the benefit of Droz’s culinary skills while he made his first pound cake. Not too bad for his first one. We look forward to the next one.
It’s been a fun summer, but we only have a couple more weeks before school starts and we will need to pull out for the month of September.