The past two workdays – July 20 and 21 – had been full of hiking, which is cardio, and you know how I feel about that. Guess what we did on July 22? Hiked up a mountain.
July 21, 2020 was a special day. That’s because it’s the day when my AmeriCorps crew and I met our main “boss” with the City of Boulder, the personification of fear itself: Jo.
For those of you who don’t know me, I look like I’m in shape – but this is a trick. If I do more than 30 seconds of cardio, I fall to the ground, defeated, and accepting of death. Guess what kind of work hiking all day with a sledgehammer in your backpack is? Cardio.
The holiday season is coming to an end, and I know I’m not the only one thinking, “Thank God.” This much cheer and time off work are intolerable for those of us who crave excitement, and we require a shot of adrenaline to preserve our sanity. I have just what you need.
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.
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.
Here is an edited version of the first, and likely last, story that I posted on Medium.com. It was a colossal failure, earning $0.00 despite getting 160 views in four days (not bad for my first entry on a site where I had zero followers at the time). Nevertheless, there is important content in this article, so I am re-blogging it for more views.