Planting, Fencing and Enjoying the Colorado River

18 May 2015 Published in CCYC Blog
The crew planting native species The crew planting native species

As I peel back the cocoon that is my sleeping bag, I scratch the slumber out of my eyes. I can hear birds. I can feel the sunshine peaking over the canyon walls. We are lucky enough to be sleeping along one of the most popular stretches of the Colorado for kayaks and canoes. Old rock faces sparking new memories in desert country. Mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers. Wildflowers, cactus, great blue herons soaring.

Red rock country. Camp.

Water boiling, the smell of coffee, nine crew members huddled around a picnic table enjoying their breakfasts of oatmeal and bagels.

Our Stretch and Safety Circle gets us ready for the day - a mixture of crudely named stretches and exercises (The Dirty Old Man, The Drunk Pigeon). We grab our packs and tools and head to the work site. A few individuals have too much fun chasing cows away from our botanical oasis of native trees, shrubs, and grasses. Approximately 1500 plants planted.

We dig holes, we plant plants. We create. There is so much beauty in dirt.

A jack of all trades crew, we have cut several acres of invasive Tamarisk, reintroduced native plants to three different sites, and built a fence to protect our garden.

The days are long and filled with hot sunshine. Our saw shirts are caked in bar oil and dirt.This is our office, our break room, our home and we wouldn't have it any other way.