So I just got back from spending a short weekend in the Adirondacks with 50 members from the co-ed service fraternity (Alpha Phi Omega) that I am in here in Syracuse. I planned the trip with the help of one other person, and it was a lot of work but a great experience in organization and coordination for a large group of people. We stayed at the ESF ecological center in Newcomb, NY (which is smack in the center of the 'daks).
The first thing we did when we got there was to work together to drag ten 55 pound batteries 2 miles up a steep mountain (Goodnow) to establish some kind of wireless power station for the ecological center. We put the batteries on sleds and changed people out every so often- it was really hard, physical work! When we got to the top, it made the view so much more satisfying! It is an amazing feeling to be rewarded with spectacular views after doing physical service. Above is the picture of the group on top of the mountain!
The next morning, we woke up and a group of us decided to head towards home and stop at another mountain to climb. I was driving, enjoying the scenic drive and suddenly I noticed a bunch of smoke in front of us. We stopped, and realized that a trailer (pulled behind a large pickup truck) was on fire. We pulled ahead of it, and jumped out of the car to see if there was anything we could do. The men who owned the trailer (who were on their way to a snowmobile competition) were throwing snow on the fire so we tried to help them but it was completely useless. After about 30 seconds, I knew we had to get away from it because there were snowmobiles (with gasoline) and propane tanks in the trailer that could explode.
We moved the cars further away and sent someone to get the fire department (there is no cell phone service out in that wilderness!). The men got their truck away but lost $100,000 worth of equipment in the fire. On the bright side, they all had beds to sleep in that night. It could have been a much different story.
After that, we continued to our mountain climb and had a snowball fight on the top! So much fun!
Now, I am back in Syracuse and realize that I have a massive amount of work to do this week before I can leave for spring break! I have to (almost) finish 3 paintings (they have to be 90% done), take a big midterm in my Baroque Art History course, find sources for a 20 page research paper on secular art in Medieval Italy, and put glass enamel on 40 little metal rectangles for Jewelry and Metalsmithing.
I love this busy life! I can't imagine living any other way.