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[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.]

The joys of Moose Creek

A pretty sunset sky, and a view of a pasture and fence.

From growing up in Southeast Louisiana, I somehow made it all the way to Idaho to go live and work in the woods. I had no expectations and had zero idea of what living at a ranger station was going to be like. The first time I saw our outhouse and laundry system I felt I transported back to when they first settled here. There was no such thing as sleeping in on our off days because we were either being woken up by some chatty squirrels outside the window or pilots ready to take off at 6 a.m. The cookhouse became the hangout spot where we would read, play hours of poker with Margaritaville cards, and cook together. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting amazing people from all over the world who either flew or hiked in to see this beautiful historical place. You felt like you were part of a legacy. Getting to learn how to hike, do trail work and all these other life survival skills really gives you a sense of purpose. Living and working with my crew members who quickly turned into family really made the job fun. I looked forward to what each hitch was going to bring us. We all soon learned to embrace the suck and make the best out of any situation. Life at Moose Creek has changed my perspective on so many of my values that I will cherish forever and continue to carry with me.