Water Four is just wrapping up a nice six days off before we go back up on hitch to enjoy the work and views at 8,000 feet on Emory Peak. Work is nearing an end and we will be out of Big Bend on the 16th. Even though this experience has been amazing, I think everyone is excited to get back to civilization and wrap up the AmeriCorps year. Highlights for me so far have been many of the hikes that we have done on our own time. The views from the peaks in the park are just absolutely amazing. We also saw a bear while we were up on Emory Mountain and it was just 10 yards from where we were camping. The last highlight has been hanging out with the team. Our time together has almost run out and we all realize that we need to enjoy it while we can.
Last weekend we were able to celebrate the Fourth of July together which was a lot of fun. We went to Alpine, Texas for two nights. We went to a flea market and saw a parade. It’s also legal to buy fireworks in Texas so we were able to set off our own. The Fourth of July is probably one of my favorite holidays right next to St. Patrick’s Day. I really enjoy seeing fireworks and the celebrations that go along with it. We are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world. So thanks to all of you who have served our country in the past and who do so presently. I support you!
Lastly, we have lost a member of Water Four. Shawn has gone back to Denver to take care of some things but will rejoin us in two weeks when we are back in Denver. We miss him already. But we do have more food to go around :). That’s all for now.