On this build I had the pleasure of working with three great supervisors. One of which, Thomas, was a reunion of sorts from the build in Amesbury, MA two years back. Part of the work we got to do for him involved setting up the bag check area...which of course we were able to leave our own little signature on at the end. Apparently no one was particularly bothered by this as it stayed up the rest of the day.
On the first day though, we started off with Janet. For most of the day we marched back and forth between the finish and starting areas, setting up the barricades and signage at both, along with several other areas in between. But that morning the fog was so thick you couldn't see more than 50' in front of you. And not having been there before, none of us had any notion where one thing was in relation to anything else. So heading off in any direction often ended with a backtrack just trying to reestablish your original location. Of course volunteers (generally) can't drive vehicles...so anywhere you went on the mountain...you walked! Janet did a great job though herding chickens that day and managed to keep us all, and the jobs, moving forward all the time.
In the end though, these days were highlighted by meeting the other volunteers. William (the baked potato incident all but forgotten now), Demond, Denise, Mark to name a few. From all over the country and all with their own stories of why they started OCR and how they came to be at Wintergreen. After 4 years, it still amazes me how many different reasons people have for starting OCR and even how many people still have not heard of this. Some of the volunteers were saying that this was the first time they'd heard of OCR and SR and wanted to see what it was all about.
Lastly though, there were the groundhogs...everywhere! We we warned about groundhog holes when we started. But the shear numbers of these rodents was incredible. As they came out late in the afternoon and covered the field around the shower area. There was even a groundhog fight at one point. Most likely because of our presence...an OCR build is not exactly a zero-impact situation. But suddenly there were two groundhogs snarling and rolling down the short hill onto the small field below. Stunning everyone to silence for the next few minutes until the apparent winner...after a burst of groundhog screeching...ran off, and the apparent loser walked back up the hill to where it started. Odd I thought, but then again, I haven't figured out people's behavior in almost 60 years...why should I expect to understand groundhogs.