Life of the Trail Crew: A summer in the Idaho Wilderness
Labor of Love
This past summer I had the pleasure of working on a trail crew in the back country, and wilderness of Idaho. A labor of love, trail maintenance is necessary for access to these amazing public lands to be possible. The photo set below is a snippet of this life in the woods. Days spent in a meditative state, chopping, sawing, and digging the day away. As the heat beats down upon our necks, dust clouds up around us and salt hardens on our shirts, none of us would rather be anywhere else, but deep in the woods.
This is truly a labor of love.
The Crew I worked with was incredible, as with thru hiking, the people who surround you make the experience special. From all around the country, myself and five others roamed through the trees and high peaks, speaking freely and laughing through sunset. It is this lifestyle of movement and physical work that draws many, and myself to long distance hiking.
I will walk many miles on these trails, and when I am done walking, I will repair the miles I have walked.
I follow this Mantra of mine, “I will walk many miles on these trails, and when I am done walking, I will repair the miles I have walked” to give back to the trails that I love to use. If you are a user of public lands, pick up a Pulaski, take a day, a weekend or summer and give back to the trails that give you happiness. Find a volunteer program near your and repair the trails that you have walked, so others can enjoy them in the future! Enjoy the Photos!
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