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Post-Planting On-going Research – ENTRY 1

October 30, 2015 - mirrormirror / theuniverse -

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Typical booze night.

Not burnt, just baked.

My camera is broken and takes multiple exposures at random. Behold the happy accidents it’s produced.

Some of the most common appeals of tree planting (as described by fellow planters): sense of comradery/friendships formed, gain in strength both physical and mental, simplicity, being in nature, being yourself…etc.

These appeals often outweigh the 2-4 months of: 10 hour work days in almost total solitude in all weather conditions, no hot water, repetitive motion injuries, tendonitis, mosquitos like you wouldn’t believe, everything smells rancid (until you get used to it), literal clouds of blackflies, very cold nights, first breakdown (it’s different for everyone but everyone has at least one), being really frustrated and angry at your boss/the company/trees/the world/yourself, and constantly questioning your worth and what the hell you’re doing in the middle of fucking no where…etc.

Most feel that pulling through the tougher shit is the most rewarding take-back and appeal to planting.  Every planter I know will tell you something along the lines of:

“I learned a lot about myself- who I am, what I want, what I need, how to improve. And now, I feel like I have a greater appreciation for  a lot of things: hot showers, friends, socks, a bed… and on top of that I have made some amazing, potentially life-long friends in the middle of nowhere while planting.”

something like that.

Shovel, hard hat, flagging tape, duct tape, soggy tree, bandana, nalgene water bottle, PB & J again, orange, apple, bug spray, cigarette, benedryl, baby powder, Jack Pine sticker, sock, football, beer, peel, snake, deer poo, frisbee, hi-vis, smelly stanky boots, pepperoni

Shovel, hard hat, flagging tape, duct tape, soggy tree, bandana, nalgene water bottle, PB & J again, orange, apple, bug spray, cigarette, benedryl, baby powder, Jack Pine sticker, sock, football, beer, peel, snake, deer poo, frisbee, hi-vis, smelly stanky boots, pepperoni.

The first time Spruce Willis got super stuck in the mud and we started booze night early on the road.

The first time Spruce Willis got super stuck in the mud and we started booze night early on the road.

 

Don't ever go cherry picking. Go planting.

Don’t ever go cherry picking. Go planting.

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Shitters (noun, plural) : 5 ft holes in the ground with outhouse boxes on top. Used for shitting.

 

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Box fire 1

 

 

 

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The day we got stuck in the mud while moving camp on booze night. Finally arriving at camp as it got dark and snowed. No food until 11pm because food trailer was MIA.

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Scott, Andrew and Mac doing the jump before helping me get over my fear and join them.

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2014 – Worst weather to memory on a planting day. Cold and very wet. Comrades gathering around fire in “dry” tent.

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Week 1. Planting 2014. Barely getting started.



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Stinky summer home.

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Goofing around.

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Lowballing it first season.

weathered hands and a broken mason jar.

weathered hands and a broken mason jar.

Finally beating my PB from first season in the second.

3100 pace bruh. (Some fast planting)The day I beat my PB!

Posted by Kat Baggio on Sunday, July 19, 2015

 

 

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00050010 Double rainbow day. Last week of planting. Tree tribe morale was running low, this came just in time.

 

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  1. Kimberly says:

    I love this! such a good idea. can’t wait for the next set of interviews. makes me miss planting even more

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