The Adirondacks have been good to the Habitat for Humanity group and they have taken full advantage. In addition to their work, they had a chance to enjoy some time off including a whitewater rafting trip down the Hudson River on Sunday. Gary and the crew at ARO took care of us once again on the 17-mile trip down the upper Hudson and followed it all up with the always amazing barbeque dinner. Maddie was the only person to join the “Hudson River Swim Team” with her out-of-boat experience.
Back at the worksite, they have finished the sidewalk. Ken was a big part of this and really got into the fine points of concrete work. Work also moved along on the footers for the new house. The forms are not the traditional ones, but a lego-like set of blocks. William and Paul have been working hard alongside everyone to get these set so that they can hopefully help pour the concrete before they leave. The concrete will be poured inside the forms which will then act as insulation once the outsides have been covered with stucco or concrete.
The campsite has also been running well. Cooking and cleaning has been easy, although Jake P. and Carl have a little competition with their cooking. This morning they were attempting to outdo the other’s pancakes in a cook-off for the ages. Zach has become the fire guy of the group and has done a great job getting it going almost every night. Jacob has been a real leader with his experience and know-how allowing the trip leaders to kick back and enjoy being part of the group. Kat has also been an excellent leader and just adds a great dynamic. The ladies have really taken to knitting after Kaylie and Julia found some good wool in Lake Placid on one of their days off. Aliya has been enjoying this as well as some other aspects of the trip and her enthusiasm really motivates the others. Tuesday will be their final work day in Saranac Lake. Then they have their final challenge with a day of rock climbing on Wednesday before their drive back on Thursday.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.
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