This week we’ll bring you snip-its from the group journal.
Anthony McDowell writes, “So far, P-CREW has taught me a couple of things. One of those things is seclusion for a period of a couple weeks is very difficult on the mind. I don’t think there has been a single day where I don’t miss the ones I love, it is extremely hard mentally to feel so close to my two homes, yet so far away. It is an indescribable feeling to not have full connection with them, but at the same time it makes me cherish my two families even more. Being the oldest high schooler here has kind of a different feel for me. The second thing I have learned is that there is so much to learn and see in this world. Working on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) has sparked a flame inside me that makes me want to explore nature and adventure the world with the ones I love.”
Claryssah Ghidossi writes, “Today is July 28, 2017 and what I’ve learned from P-CREW so far is that you have to put yourself out there in order to work hard. What I mean by “put yourself out there” is to know your strengths and weaknesses. Do not push yourself to hard and always try your best. The highlights of P-CREW are getting to know new people from different parts of California and for me, all of the new experiences. I love how close we are getting already and it has only been a week and a half. I am normally a shy, quiet person, but P-CREW has and will continue to teach me to be more comfortable with who I am. I feel that P-CREW is a once in a lifetime experience that everyone should get to enjoy.I thank you Sierra Institute for starting this program for teenagers to get out of their comfort zones and learn about wildlife.”
Carlos Ruiz writes, “The best moments of P-CREW are seeing the mountains from a high point.
To see the shining stars in the darkest nights.
To rock climb without the fear of falling down since you build on trust.
Learning to form a bond with the other people in the group.”
We bring you these journal entries as often as our crews come out of a work site. Currently, P-CREW is located along the PCT maintaining trails and preparing access to fuels reduction sites. Thank you for reading and we look forward to sharing more from and about P-CREW with you.