Hello from Little Rock, AR. Water 7 is doing a great job here at Ferncliff Camp. We have been working on a lot of different projects and we haven’t missed a beat. Our three-tier rock wall is coming along and we are hoping we can finish it in time. We have been mixing a lot of concrete, which has been a very messy job. The team has walked the trails at Ferncliff Camp to address any maintenance issues. We have also been doing a lot of siding, painting, and interior work inside the volunteer house.
A few things have happened since the last time I wrote. Right before break Jo, Alex, and I went to an outreach event at the National Guard Military Base in Little Rock. We talked to cadets in the Youth Challenge program. We had fun talking to the cadets about what we do in AmeriCorps NCCC. They had a lot of good questions and really seemed interested. From what I have been told, there were a few that began the application process after we left.
Last weekend was Spring Break. The team went on their separate ways. Jo and I went to Ponca, Arkansas which is a very small town in the Ozark Mountains. We went to church on Easter Sunday. We were so deep in the middle of nowhere that we had to travel an hour to find a Catholic Church. This also seemed to be the nearest large town in the area. After church we hurried back and went on a canoe trip on the Buffalo National River. The trip took about five hours and was very adventurous to say the least. It was nice to just be able to relax and have some fun.
After we got back from break it was my birthday. On April 5 I turned 23. I feel so old. That’s not a bad thing though. (I don’t want to upset the older readers out there.) My AmeriCorps experience has helped me realize that I am ready for my adult life. I am very excited to see what the future holds for me.
Well, gotta run but just wanted to add that I am also very excited about our 4th round project, which will be in Big Bend National Park. I’m sure we will be writing more when the time comes so I won’t spill the details. From the looks of it, it is going to be an amazing project. I miss you Water 4...