Friday, August 1, 2014

The Final Countdown-Week 9

Dinner @ Deane's
Time flies when you're having LANDS,,,,
and after wrapping up our small team projects the crew entered its final week of the summer.

Wednesday night we gathered at Professor Deane's house for celebratory BBQ, volleyball, and blueberry pie. We all piled our plates high with delicious burgers, corn on the cob, and watermelon salad.

We huddled around the picnic table and a feeling of nostalgia filled the cool evening air. We recalled all of the other times we've squeezed ourselves into the over-stuffed van (aka The Landslide), tents, and an endless number of circles for Laura's games and endless planning meetings alike. As Deane coaxed us all into eating 2nds and 3rds everyone ate as much as they could  and sure enough the picnic table got smaller and smaller. Little did we know this was the first step in Deane's mater plan to school us all in his favorite activity......backyard volleyball!

The crew was quickly split into two ferocious teams based on survival and tree ID skills.
 "Play to 15, best two out of three," called Deane, "and only the winner gets blueberry pie" 
And so it began, the smack-down-drag-out game of volleyball: team "Spikey Spruce" Vs." Laura's Team." . After a summer of hiking, camping, and games of hack-y-sac the crew was in tip-top shape. The first game was narrowly stolen by the Spruces but then second game was swept by Laura's team. Friends of the LANDS crew were invited to play and in the picture below you will see, in live action, the wide spectrum of skill level. The competition was fierce to say the least. It all came down to the final game. The score was neck and 14-14, and after a heart stopping rally Nate, on team Spruce, scored the winning point!
 The MVP went to Jessica Mason who served the Spruces an 8 point streak!
(Everyone ate blueberry pie)

some guests had been secretly training for this "friendly" match

          After recovering from the volley ball game the crew met Thursday morning on UVM campus to polish off the final project reports and prepare for the evening's long anticipated final presentation. After only one practice run it was time to set up for the real presentation. The crew dressed to impress and gathered on the third floor of the George D. Aiken Center to greet friends, project sponsors, and other guests.  Each week of the summer was highlighted during the hour long presentation and every intern spoke with confidence. At the very end we all shared our summer's "Words of Wisdom" with the audience. In the end working through the rain (with wet socks), forging fast-moving mountain streams, sweating in the city heat during urban tree inventories, getting caught in patches of invasive Buckthorn, avoiding poison ivy, and even removing ticks was all worth it.
The Final Presentation on UVM campus

Diploma's for each intern. Hooray!

As we find ourselves at the conclusion of our journey one may ask themselves, "What will become of all these wonderful interns after the summer of 2014?" Look no further. 

Dustin-Traveling around the world working in Home Depots
Katherine-Working on a farm in Pennsylvania and then studying abroad in Germany and then getting her Master's degree at Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Ben-Surfing the shores of New Hampshire, and skipping his undergrad degree and going straight for a PHD at Middlebury College, or he may just drop out of school to write a novel.....
Travis-Graduating, Getting a Job, Buying a new Truck, Callin' it Mesic! 
Gabo- Returning to Massachusetts to work on a farm.Then traveling to Belize to work on GIS and remote sensing conservation projects as well as become a famous salsa dancer
Nate-Starting his music and modeling career in South Royalton, VT while simultaneously opening up an environmental educationaal "Big Dave-Grunt" Workshop 
Jessa-Becoming a free spirit at "Gathering of the Vibes" and then returning to her studies at UVM
Lincoln-Trekking around the Adirondack Mts. and then embarking on an international tour with the now famous band Squimley and the Woolens. 

Lincoln Frasca

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