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Field Program

[Image Description: Two MCC members taking a brief break; one is sitting on a rock, the other is standing nearby. They are both in their uniforms, looking out at the expansive, mountain view surrounding them.]

Longer than we thought

A crew member stands in a brushy river up to their knees, smiling at the camera.

Obviously, a day in soggy waders is no fun, but let me tell you it’s longer than you think. I found out the hard way at Hydrology camp this week as my crew joined some hydro techs to learn the basics of surveying a stream. While I slugged around with water up to my knees, we spent the day taking cross-section measurements and longitudinal profiles. After a bit of drying out, we spent the night posted around a huge fire pit sharing stories and listening to music.

As the week continued we got back to business as usual spraying weeds on Burn Peak. Since we only had one night at camp, everyone agreed it was the perfect chance to cowboy camp under the stars. On par with the rest of the week, nothing could be that easy. As night drew near thunderstorms rolled in forcing us to retreat to the cab of the rig. While Dana set up a tarp tent, Yezen, Carson, and I had a little slumber party sharing the truck as our home for the night. Sleeping in the passenger seat of a car does make the night feel longer than you think, but the memories made along the way made the lower back pain all worth it.