We’re now one week into 2021, and The Jaguar and Allies’ sixth full year of operation. In this post I’m going to briefly look back over 2020, and then describe what’s on the horizon for myself and this blog.
On July 15, 2020, my AmeriCorps crew and I didn’t return to the area that we’d been working at for the past several days. Instead, we headed for a new location.
I took off my pack, began working, and then a thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere. The rain wasn’t heavy, but the lightning was right on top of us, so we had to leave immediately.
To make matters worse, no-one in Boulder works: they just hike all day while looking beautiful. Consequently, I never had a break in the traffic long enough to relieve myself, and had to endure my agony for several hours.
The year 2020 is almost over, and I expect that many people are glad of it. While this was a difficult year for me, it was also a surprisingly good one. Now, as Winter approaches, it’s time for me to leave Colorado and begin the next phase of my journey.
Following our introduction to field training the day before, my AmeriCorps crew and I returned to the South Mesa Trailhead on July 10. This would prove to be a challenging day, but my one of my best with American Conservation Experience (ACE).
Following my arrival in Boulder on July 6, my next two days with American Conservation Experience (ACE)/AmeriCorps consisted of PowerPoint presentations. As riveting as those slideshows were, I’ll skip them and head to my first day of field training on July 9.
On July 6, the day had come for me to fulfill my commitment to American Conservation Experience (ACE) and AmeriCorps. I was up at 4 A.M., and on a flight to Newark by 8:25. From there, I boarded a plane that would take me to my new home of Boulder, Colorado.