Fall comes early at 12,000 ft. That’s the lesson learned from our early weeks in August. As the sun rises later in the day, we adjust our schedule accordingly, arriving at the worksite just in time to greet the sun as it rises over the Roaring Fork Valley.
August also means crunch time. Fortunately, the cool air keeps us comfortable as we kick it into high gear.
Working on the Maroon Bells has its benefits. During an interview with the Aspen Times, I was recently asked what I enjoy about my job. I could have recited a dozen different answers, but the one that came to mind first was, “I live and work in a place that people dream of vacationing to”.
Keeping that in mind, we were fortunate enough to host groups of volunteers from Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and Colorado Mountain Club. For me, volunteers add a sense of meaning to our project. One volunteer drove all the way from Kansas on his motorcycle, just to volunteer his time in the mountains!