Took this guy out for a bit of pay back for being such a jerk in high school (his words, not mine) But really, it was good to be out on the trails with an old friend reminiscing about the old days. And @wikiwhip you did great. 😁 I'll bring more gummies and beer for you next time. 😉😂😎
Things I learned yesterday:
1. I can escape smoke and poor air quality if I hike very tall things.
2. Climbing mountains is for everyone! I ran across people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. All of them (minus a few teenagers) had smiles on their faces 😊 #usfs#ourland#funforeveryone#exceptangstyteens
3. Don't consume a crap ton of fiber and coffee immediately prior to a long, strenuous hike. Literally, you will crap a ton. #💩
Tomorrow will be the 23rd day in a row without a day off working 16+ hour shifts with a 38 hour IA thrown in there too. Monday is demob.. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! #nofilter#sunrays#usfs
Dian's Bath "Diana's Baths is a series of small waterfalls located in the southeastern corner of the town of Bartlett, New Hampshire, near the village of North Conway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, United States. This historic site is within the White Mountain National Forest. In 1863, George Lucy bought five acres of land on the site of Diana's Bath. The Lucy family had built a sawmill in the middle of the cascading waterfalls. During the year 1890, the owner George Lucy began to notice that his property was attracting tourists. In response to this new flow of tourists he built a boarding house that was three stories tall. His business was not as successful as he thought it would be, because of the other major hotels in the surrounding area. In the 1930s the family moved from having a sawmill to having a concrete dam with turbines. The family abandoned the site when the invention of portable mills was introduced and they could now use it when they moved from timber harvest site to the next. Mr. DeSimone purchased the remaining land and used it till the 1950s, when he eventually sold it to the government. This is when the land became National Forest land and the remaining buildings were torn down."
I spent six days in the first national forest in the U.S., the Shoshone National Forest. During that time, I helped rebuild a log cabin nearby a structure that was constructed by A. A. Anderson. Anderson studied painting in Paris for years and is known for his portrait of Thomas Edison, which is currently in the National Gallery in DC. Anderson purchased land in Wyoming in order to build a log cabin as an artist retreat. After seeing local cattle grazers and sheep herders practicing poor land management, Anderson spoke to none other Theodore Roosevelt and was named superintendent of what then became the Yellowstone Forest Reserve. Anderson's cabin eventually became the first administrative headquarters for what would soon become the U.S. Forest Service.
I spent six days with six other HistoriCorps volunteers preserving this piece of integral American history. Our work focused on the Helping Hands cabin nearby Anderson Lodge. We felled small trees for the pole roof, smoothed larger logs with draw knives, replaced sill logs on the structure, shored up the foundation with stones, and laid asphalt roofing. Being in the Washakie Wilderness, all power tools were prohibited. All of our equipment was brought in by real-world cowboys on packmules. We packed in our equipment approximately six miles and camped by the cabin. The land was stunning and I'm looking forward to going back next year to work on Anderson Lodge.