People always say that the number 13 is very unlucky, but I, Marchetti beg to differ. Hitch 13 was a wonderful hitch and a great way to end the season. In this entry I, Marchetti will give several reasons as to why. The first and quite possibly the most astonishing one is that our house finally received a brand new oven. So no longer did our crew travel to other place houses to prepare our food. Pretty crazy right? Shout out to SCA headquarters for making that possible along with the best harassers out there Natalie and Jordan.
After a smooth pre-hitch the Rands crew ventured out to the Mojave National Preserve for an environmental educational piece on desert landscapes and the processes that form the beautiful desert we work so hard to preserve. The Mojave National Preserve hosts the Kelso Dunes which possesses one of the tallest sand dunes in the world. The sand dune range rises up to 650 feet and above which the crew hiked up and jumped down. These dunes are marvelous mounds of sand in which words cannot describe how beautiful these structures are.
Once the Randsies explored the Mojave National Preserve, our super duper project leader surprised with a trip to a Greek food joint that provided us mouthwatering gyros and salads. After the delightful treat the crew cruised back to our last stint in the Rands. Since the crew wrapped up restoration last hitch we hiked around the Rands monitoring signs for the Bureau of Land Management. This in itself was another awesome treat due to the fact we hiked almost the exact same route on the last day which we hiked the first trip to the Rands Mountains. It certainly brought the crew in full circle of our wonderful experience in the desert.
On day 5 we headed out to Jawbone for All-Corps to work on a difficult incursion which required the whole DRC to place numerous check dams in order to control erosion. We slaved three hard days and the erosion on that hill will be controlled for years to come. During the All-Corps stint, Jawbone planned a Will Smith competition and, like usual, the Rands colonized, taking home yet another bag of candy and bragging rights.
With the reasons stated above the number 13 is not unlucky, rather just a myth that should be forgotten. Hitch 13 was nothing less than spectacular and a great way to end the work season with the greatest people that created some of longest, lasting memories.
ToCo Notes/ Narratives:
We no longer dominate, rather we colonize.
You can actually strain every muscle in your body lifting heavy objects to poop your pants.
Vertical Mulch: 20
Check Dams: 21
Meters Restored: 1080 square meters
Seed Pits: 16
Fence Repairs: 3
Person Hours: 457.2 hours