This week the crew was Sally, Tom, Ray, Ellen, and Emily. Tristan, an AT hiker who helped out on with the Sherpa Train came out and volunteered on day 1 as well.
Here are Tristan, Ray, and Tom cheering to a good first day of work.
After the first day, we split into two teams. Ray, Ellen, and Emily made up one team. We worked from the middle of the north side of the boundary to Maine, then back south to meet up with Sally & Tom, who were working north from the Success Trail. This is us at 161-NH-8, the monument on the ME/NH state line. Ellen's in Maine. Ray's in New Hampshire. Emily's in a little bit of both! Just because our team had the camera, doesn't mean that Sally & Tom weren't working hard, too. Actually, they were probably working harder as a 3 person team can get about twice as much done in a day as a 2 person team. The added benefit of a swamper makes a huge difference.
Ellen & Emily shared time on the saw this week.
Here's Ray digging (with gusto!) for a monument.
This is a before picture of this boundary line. While the terrain wasn't as merciless as last week, it was still pretty overgrown in places. This line was "maintained" in the spring of 2004. Unfortunately, we found that it had to be completely redone, since the brushing, painting, and signing was inadequate considering the threat of encroachment.
One funny story from this week: We stopped for lunch at a monument but had not located it yet. When we did find it, we discovered that Ray had been sitting over it at lunch with his feet literally on either side of it and his lunch sitting right on top of the monument!