ASC Landmark Crew Member
When I got the email inviting me to join the Landmark crew, I was ecstatic. I danced in my kitchen and then ran through my apartment to see if anyone was home. We were a pretty solitary bunch who had only met each other because of Craigslist, but I just needed to share the good news with someone.
I knew I’d love being out here. I knew I’d love hiking transects and checking trail cameras, looking for wildlife. It would be a fantastic way to be introduced to the Great Plains. Plus, I was eager to get more field experience under my belt. Really, the only thing I was anxious about was what the people would be like. There are so many wonderful things about opportunities like this one, but I’ve always felt that the people involved can really make or break an experience.
But somehow, magically, it’s all working out. Better than working out, even. My crewmates are an absolutely wonderful group of people. Even when we could have some time to ourselves, we still spend most of it hanging out. Some nights we play cards or board games. Other times we crowd around someone’s computer to watch a TEDTalk. A few of us have even started exercising together in the evenings (as though we’re not getting enough exercise during the day). Even when we have early mornings or those particularly hot days, we all still manage to get along great. And I’ve learned to really appreciate being in small groups during the day, where the nature of the position allows for some one-on-one time with each member of the crew.
We’ve only been out here for about three weeks, but I’m really hoping I stay friends with these folks long after our time out here is over.