When I did not have a tool in my hand or admittedly soaking in the scenery, I was taking photos with my camera. What I love about ITA and the outdoors in general is how flexible and open it all is. My passion is photography and the skill of using principles of design and composition to capture what I see. This personal angle is welcomed on trail projects for the mutual benefits of giving others memorable photos while improving my craft.
In addition to the insurmountable challenge ahead of us, the weather had the pure intent of raining on our parade, literally. With hail the size of nickels on Sunday and afternoon showers half of the week, my choice to bring double-knee Carhartts was not one of my best decisions. Bugs were another adversary we all faced, where there were no ticks, there were mosquitos and I believe my final count for ticks on my pants was 23 by the end of the week. But, with all of these odds plus some personal, it made the final day so sweet. Walking back from our farthest point and just admiring what we managed to do made me feel accomplished and glad to be with the crew that I was with.
Despite its challenging work, I cannot stress how special this project, and all the others I have gone on, is to me. This culmination of everything that ITA is and the learning process of a growing outdoorsman leaves me with nothing but praise for the opportunities offered. The path of making a difference in nature has greatly influenced my decision for college as I am pursuing forest engineering to get more active in preserving, managing, and improving the outdoors I have grown to love.