Weekly Roundup Report 6/29

TASKS ACCOMPLISHED

Monday, June 25

  • groomed Tomahawk trail
  • groomed Pawnee Ridge trail
  • raked loose hay in the barn
  • prepared wire cages for trees
  • removed barbed wire on Antelope Meadow trail
  • leveled the dirt in North Point runs

Tuesday, June 26

  • groomed (completed) Tomahawk trail
  • groomed (completed) Pawnee Ridge trail
  • sharpened tools

Wednesday, June 27

  • groomed Old Gate Crossing trail
  • cleaned horse water containers in North Point and in Breezeway

Thursday, June 28

  • Groomed Old Gate Crossing trail all day

Friday, June 29

  • Finished grooming Old Gate Crossing trail
  • Groomed Wild Horse Mesa trail
  • Paint Plum Creek bridge

 

HIGHLIGHTS

COWBOY VALUE - SELF-RELIANCE.  The team met on Monday morning and discussed the importance of living with self-reliance.  Included in the discussion were the following points.

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Right away, we experienced a perfect example of self reliance.  Gavin and Todd spent the afternoon mowing and clipping Pawnee Ridge trail.  As Gavin was riding the mower down a hill, the pin holding the blades popped out.  They looked for it but couldn't find it.  Bryan met them on the trail and together, they used some wire to hold the blades up.  They had to use their combined ingenuity to find a good solution for a real-world problem!

PROBLEM:  Then pin holding the blades up fell off and was lost while mowing.

PROBLEM:  Then pin holding the blades up fell off and was lost while mowing.

SOLUTION:  Use some wire and keep on mowing!

SOLUTION:  Use some wire and keep on mowing!

UPPING THE GAME WITH HIGHER STANDARDS.  Although we have been doing a great job grooming the trails, we decided to increase our performance and make the trails look even better!  We have decided to adhere to three standards of evaluation: 1) Every trail needs to be as wide as two people linking arms, 2) we need to clip as far up as we can stretch the clippers, and we are adding a new standard...3) remove the small scrub oak from every trail.  Here's a sample of before and after from Todd and Gavin.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

Here's a sample from Allie.

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

DETERMINATION.  Here's a great example of how determination to stick to a task can remove an obstacle in the path (and also an example of how boys LOVE to use the pick axe).

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

PAINTING THE BRIDGE.  We have groomed around the Plum Creek bridge and have been waiting to purchase supplies to finally begin painting the bridge "BMREC green" under the direction of Sam, Director of Ranch Projects.  At last we have started!  Trevan had the great foresight to think of protecting the stream from falling paint, so Randy bought some ground cloths for us to use.

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SELF CARE IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE.  Someone decided to focus on his own well-being and go on vacation with his family in Hawaii...and make the rest of us jealous!

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WHAT WE LEARNED

IMPORTANCE OF SELF-RELIANCE.  Throughout the week, we have talked about how each one of us needs to have confidence in ourselves to solve problems, handle difficult situations, be resourceful and creative.  Part of growing up means learning to be more independent, responsible and accountable.  Self-reliance comes with experience and maturity.

GIVING TO THE TEAM.  Several of our team mates have been kind and unselfish this summer.  Todd, who we now refer to as Cookie Man, occasionally brings cookies from home to share with the rest of us.  Both Gavin and Trevan have brought some tools they thought would work to eliminate small scrub oak plans on the trail.  Trevan has also brought ice to keep the team's water cold during the long, hot all-day trail grooming projects.  

EVERY GOOD TRAIT TAKEN TOO FAR IS NOT GOOD.  We had some good discussion about how our best characteristics can potential also be our biggest weaknesses.  Someone who is too self-reliant can be difficult to work with in a team because he or she is too independent.  Someone who is too assertive may make others feel controlled and uncomfortable.  So many things come down to the word "balance".

JUBES.  Because of Trevan's willingness to share what his brother Spencer gave to him, we all learned the fascinating flavor, texture and composition of a new, mysterious candy called Jubes.  Nata de coco (also marketed as "coconut gel") is a chewy, translucent, jelly-like food produced by the fermentation of coconut water which gels through the production of microbial cellulose by Acetobacter xilinum.  Originating in the Philippines, nata de coco is most commonly sweetened as a candy or dessert, and can accompany a variety of foods, including pickles, drinks, ice creams, puddings and fruit cocktails.  (Jerry found jubes particularly disgusting and will never eat another one; whereas Gavin filled his mouth with a million of them at once and grossed Jerry out!)

A BOWL OF JUBES

A BOWL OF JUBES

Jerry Van Leuven