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2012 Hart Prarie Work Weekend!
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PostPosted: 8/7/2012, 6:33 am    Post subject: 2012 Hart Prarie Work Weekend! Reply to topic Reply with quote

Neil from Hart Prairie Nature Preserve has reserved the weekend of October 13th for us for volunteer work at the preserve. I'll get more details up as he lets me know what we're in for.

How to get there: If you are coming from Phoenix, be aware that it will take you at least 3 hours (3.5 from Tempe) so arriving Friday is best. If you arrive after dark, look for the porchlight to your left as you come in, you'll be seeing a rail fence in your headlights. We'll keep someone around to direct you to your cabin as long as possible. If you know you'll be really late, please let us know and we'll figure something out.

* From the south, take I-17 to Flagstaff, I-17 becomes Milton Road after you enter Flagstaff.
* Continue north, pass under a railroad bridge and turn left onto Humphreys
* Turn left at Columbus (at traffic light) onto Hwy 180
* Follow 180 out of town approximately 10 miles and past the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort
* Just past mile post 225, turn right onto Forest Road 151 (there is a bright yellow daytime headlight use sign at this turn);
* Drive 4.5 miles and look for The Nature Conservancy sign on the right.
* Leave the gate the way you find it. Please drive slowly into the Preserve (15 mph);
* From the gate to cabins is about half a mile
* Drive to your assigned cabin or ask whereabouts upon your arrival, unload, and please park your vehicle in the corral parking area north of the lodge, please back into your spot


Information Sheet
Most of you all know this but just in case: please read this thoroughly and contact Neil or Shawn if you have questions.

Key Information
• Cabins are rustic but comfortable, beds are fine, bring your own linens or sleeping bags.
• The sewer system works but how or why is largely a mystery; use the composting toilet if at all possible
• Shower house is a wonderful luxury after a good day of grubby work. Bring your own towel and toiletries.
• Water is trucked in, use it sparingly, please don’t waste it. If you see a plumbing leak let the Preserve folks know immediately.
• Any food left out unprotected-indoors or out-will likely be confiscated by small furry critters of the night.
• We will be TNC volunteers this weekend, please sign the waiver forms.
• **No pets are allowed on the preserve.** (Sorry 'bout that.)
• There are no commercial facilities at the preserve, i.e., no store, no ice, no sodas, etc. Bring what you need with you.
• We are responsible for cleaning up the cabins before we leave.

What to wear and bring
• Sturdy shoes, work gloves, water container to take to the work sites (additional water available)
• Snacks if you need any to help you make it to lunch time
• Sun protection (wide brim hat, loose clothing that covers limbs, sunscreen); the air is clear and the elevation is 8,400 ft, sun burn happens quickly.
• Long-sleeve shirt and pants (recommended)
• Rain gear and warmer clothing (Check the forecast – It is generally 15 degrees cooler!!! than Flagstaff.)
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Flagstaff&state=AZ&site=FGZ&textField1=35.1981&textField2=-111.651&e=0
• Personal first aid kit
• Towels and toiletries
• Sleeping bag or linens – extra blankets available in the cabins
• Small cooler for your snacks/drinks and food for any meals not arranged by the group (Refrigerator in lodge kitchen will be used by our chefs.)
• Flashlight or head lamp is a must (not fun getting lost at night traversing between buildings)
• Cabins and bathrooms have lights but the Preserve's electricity is home made--solar and a generator-- so please use appliances sparingly (if not needed immediately-shut it off).
• Binoculars, Camera
• The Preserve provides eating utensils and dishes.

Cabin dwellers: Cabins have small heaters that work quite well
Bring sleeping bag and pillow or your own bedding. Keep all personal food items in a cooler or plastic bin to protect from small critter invasion. Keep doors closed.

Physical requirements to participate:
Moderate to hard work, lighter options availalble. Work elevation is just over 8,400 feet—a big change from the valley. Work at your own pace, think safety!

Meals
• Meals are a group effort. Dish washing duties are shared; please step up for a meal’s worth.
• BYOB
• Bring your own food for snacks during work and any additional meals you will need if you choose to arrive or leave outside the provided meal service period. (See arrival and departure options below.)
• There is a well equipped kitchen, and a gas grill out back.

Agenda
Friday - You may arrive any time after 1:00 +/-.
The kitchen will be open to you to make your dinner. You will be responsible for cleaning up after yourself. There may be room to store your food in the kitchen however, the group meal provisions have first dibbs on the limited refridgerator space. (See what to wear and bring above.)

Get in here y'all!
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PostPosted: 8/7/2012, 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

"in for?" Brutal back breaking toil and sweat, tote-that-barge-lift-that-bale kind of work, 16-hour days on meager rations of stale bread and brackish water! Wink
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PostPosted: 8/7/2012, 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

AWESOME!!!! Very Happy October 12-14 is the last weekend of our fall break. I will check with the family to see if any of them would like to come along for our indentured service weekend Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 8/7/2012, 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I am SO in! Can't wait!
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PostPosted: 8/8/2012, 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Looking forward to it! Smile
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PostPosted: 8/11/2012, 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I'll be up in Nevada and Utah that week so I'll be missing it this year. First year I've missed since moving to Arizona Sad
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PostPosted: 8/12/2012, 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I've signed up but may have a schedule conflict with a photography workshop. I'll know for sure by September.......Would love to go and help out again.


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PostPosted: 8/12/2012, 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I'm going to sign up and plan on it.
Have to dble check schedule again, may need to try to swap?
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PostPosted: 8/12/2012, 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Oh Linda! Crying or Very sad We will miss your positive attitude and hard work! Glad to see some will be making it!
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PostPosted: 8/13/2012, 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

HOpe to make it this year ! Penciled in ....
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PostPosted: 8/14/2012, 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Dang, I wish I could get together with the crew this year, I sure had a good time on all the previous visits. Unfortunately, some friends in town here asked me to show them the shortcut into South Canyon, and the permit is for that weekend... Oh well...
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PostPosted: 8/16/2012, 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

beckett wrote:
I'll be up in Nevada and Utah that week so I'll be missing it this year. First year I've missed since moving to Arizona Sad


I KNOW you'll have a blast in Utah!

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PostPosted: 9/30/2012, 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

I'm a definite in and have that Friday off from work. Any takers for carpooling?

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PostPosted: 10/1/2012, 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply to topic Reply with quote

Ambika and I will be heading out from my place after 1 as she has to work until noon and I have to work until 1 PM... unless my boss is feeling generous and will let me off earlier. We'll see how good I can whine Wink .

Because of preparing my mom's house for sale I can only work for a couple hours on Sunday. I need to keep at that project and since I'll be gone for 4 days this weekend and a couple next weekend, I just have to beg off a couple hours early. Believe me, I'd rather stay at Hart Prairie and tote those logs Laughing and build those slash/stash (I never can remember what you call them) piles.

Anyway, Trish, if you want to wait until later in the afternoon on Fri, you're more than welcome to ride with us.

LAST - what's the food situation? Are we all bringing a little something or chipping in funds? I know I'll bring some huckaritas no matter.

See you all in a couple weeks,
Angela
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PostPosted: 10/1/2012, 5:11 pm    Post subject: Pull out Reply to topic Reply with quote

Sorry for the late notice as I knew last week; the work weekend is not going to work out for me this year. Gonna miss cutting things down or off and piling them up....

You all have fun and make sure to keep all your fingers in check. Please give Neal, Bob and Ann my regards Very Happy
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