Yesterday, a friend asked me what my favorite moment or highlight of the season was. I struggled to answer because so many factors went into making my season with SCA an excellent experience that choosing one would not do justice for the rest.
I met hikers who showed appreciation for our work, encouraging us to push on to open the trail to the beautiful fishing spots and swimming holes of the Laurel Fork. Local residents invited our crew to dinner like we were old friends. I had more fun than I would have thought possible in small West Virginia towns. I learned how to build a rock retaining wall. I felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of each week, and returning to camp after the weekend felt like coming home.
At the beginning of the season I was already passionate about trail work, and these experiences have only added to that passion. That is the best thing I could have gotten from my summer.