Monday, September 22, 2008

Lake Jackson Cleanup Weekend

So, the weekend started with a rush to get everything packed. Parrish, William, and myself got all our stuff in my car and we set off for Stephen F. Austin state park. We arrived shortly after the park closed and locked the gate. Luckily, one of the other campers drove up behind us and notified us of the combination to the lock on the gate. We got in, pitched my tent (thanks andy) and went straight to bed. I woke up at 5 and started breakfast. I guess i was noisy because another camper yelled at me from inside his own tent across the street. Parrish and William got up around 5:30 and we finished making breakfast and striking camp. We had sausage and pancakes without syrup. We left a little later than i would have wanted, so we were a little late getting to the rondezvous point.
We met up with 4 of the other guys from our ward and formed a squad. We had 2 chainsaws and my chain pruner. We went to our first site only to find out that the other two chainsaws didn't work. So, i used mine for the little jobs that were still undone. At the next house, there were two branches that were broken but had not come loose from the tree. I climbed up the tree using my spurs and climbing gear and cut the branches out while the rest of the group lowered the branches without letting them hit the power lines.
The next house was in a poorer part of town. There was a lot to do. We got two saws up and running (mine and a 16" one). We did the most work at this site. All of it was trees though, no house gutting like Katrina. We went to our third assignment only to be refused because the work had already been done. We went back to headquarters and got another assignment: a park. There was a park that we had passed several times going to our distinct locations and several crews were already working on it. We added our saws to the mix and took down a couple large trees.
We finished the day and headed back to Austin. All in all, it was a really good day of work. Wish we could have stayed another day and continued the work. I guess if they were giving us parks to work on, they must not have had much to do. Maybe next time we'll go closer to galveston. We made it home by 10:30.