The September crew not only completed all their fieldwork, they remained in Buffalo Camp, despite having an option to move into a nearby ranch house. It was the crew’s indefatigable humor and camaraderie—evident in the following post—that allowed them to persevere. –Mike Quist Kautz
As my time on the prairie comes to an end, I reflect back on all I’ve experienced and learned in the past two months.
Some lessons are simple: Whether crossing under an electrified fence or using mother nature’s bathroom, beware of prickly pear cactus. Other more complex knowledge has developed over time. I now know, for example, that although this landscape is harsh and unforgiving, it is also is full of hidden beauty, unexpected gems around over every hill.
But one of the most important lessons for me personally—and something all future Landmark crews should know—is the art of prairie fashion.
In an age of nylon, micro-fleece, Gore-tex and sweat-wicking technologies, we find ourselves more comfortably outfitted than ever before, fit to survive the harshest conditions. But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice looking fabulous. So, during your time on the prairie, I challenge you to be creative, daring and bold in your clothing choices.
Here are my hard-learned tips on fashion while living and working on the prairie. You can thank me later.
Christin Jones grew up in a small agricultural town in northeastern Ohio and graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.S. in archaeology. Following a summer working in Glacier National Park, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she helped Dr. Goodall with her book Hope for Animals and Their World.