There are no more projects to complete, long hikes to muscle through, or saws to run. The moment is finally here: The season is over; and, like everyone expected, our emotions are complicated and hard to process. It’s a simultaneous mixture of elation at one’s accomplishments and immediate sadness for what follows them - the separation of our crew.
Being here now, its hard not to wish for one more day, one more chance to feel what it’s like to be on this crew; to hear the jokes we shared, and the corresponding laughter that brought you to tears (and occasionally pee your pants). To complete a 28 mile cut-and-run in wild country and still want to go back for more. To earn a swim after a hard days work and exude a childlike ecstasy when you finally bath in that roaring creek and wash away all the sweat, dirt, and grime from your skin. To have pride in the structures you built because you know they’re a lasting legacy of you, your crew and the impact you shared on this particular place. To be apart of a tribe who loves you most when you’re most authentically expressing yourself.
Although this journey has come to an end, it will live on in our journals and pictures, our fleeting thoughts, and, when we meet again, our collective recollections. To maybe ease some grief, here’s an excerpt from the poem Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth:
What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
As we depart on our journeys, it’s important not to forget about the salvation of nature - something that each one of us experienced before MCC and became more intimate with over the season. Nature is a place of solace, a sanctuary to find oneself and connect, and to love oneself and the world around them. It will ground you when the rest of the rest of the world is off-kilter. Don’t forget to continue to enjoy it when you can, and rely on it when you need to; You can find that peace of mind anywhere - nature, wilderness, the trails - it’s never too far away.
Thank you all for a summer I will never forget,
-MCC Lolo Crew out.