Chocolate-chip cookies fuel fence work

29 10 2015

Kathe Hayes with San Juan Mountains Association offers homemade chocolate-chip cookies to Abby, working with Zoe to dig holes for an H-brace on Spring Creek Basin's southeastern boundary fence line.

Right here, this is the reason (OK, one reason) we love SJMA‘s Kathe Hayes: She brings homemade chocolate-chip cookies as mini mid-work thank-yous! Here she offers cookies to Abby as she and Zoe dig post holes for the next H-brace in the SCC crew’s brand-new fence section.

Southwest Conservation Corps co-crew leader Dillon and members Sarah and Aaron complete an H-brace (background) while Abby and Zoe dig post holes for the next H-brace - across a little arroyo - in Spring Creek Basin's southeastern fence line.

The crew has made excellent progress in their section of fence line – building five H-braces since Monday and working on the sixth as of the above photo. In the foreground, Abby and Zoe dig post holes for the next H-brace, while in the background, Aaron and Sarah and co-crew leader Dillon complete the previous H-brace. Harder to see is the little arroyo – no more than a few feet deep but steep-sided – between the two groups.

Southwest Conservation Corps co-crew leader Dillon and members Sarah and Aaron complete an H-brace in Spring Creek Basin's southeastern fence line while SJMA's Kathe Hayes offers them chocolate-chip cookies. On their third day of work, the crew is almost to the arroyo at the base of the steep hill.

Here’s a closer look at the arroyo. Note Kathe in the background, approaching with her awesome cookies.

Southwest Conservation Corps co-crew leader Dillon and member Sarah thread wire to complete an H-brace in Spring Creek Basin's southeastern fence line. SJMA's Kathe Hayes offers homemade chocolate chip cookies to Sarah, Aaron and Dillon.

Kathe makes her cookie offering while Dillon, Sarah and Aaron complete their H-brace. Eric and Toby and co-crew leader Sarah, not pictured because they were working on different sections of fence, also got cookies, hand-delivered by Kathe, and she left the whole bin. 🙂

Southwest Conservation Corps co-crew leader Dillon and member Sarah thread wire to complete an H-brace in Spring Creek Basin's southeastern fence line. At right, SJMA's Kathe Hayes shows crew member Aaron photos of the pack horses that carred fencing materals to the work site a few weeks ago.

Kathe shows Aaron photos of the pack horses that hauled fence supplies to the work site a few weeks ago while Sarah and Dillon finish their H-brace. Temple Butte watches over the crew from the background.

Southwest Conservation Corps co-crew leader Dillon and member Sarah thread wire to complete an H-brace in Spring Creek Basin's southeastern fence line.

This is where they are; that’s where they’re going! And that’s why they’re here. Mizzou students … you’re welcome! 🙂

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29 10 2015
Prairie girl

Ah…So THAT’S why those good workers come out to Spring Creek! Chocolate chippers are an excellent lure!
I suppose she brought a bin of carrots for the horses, too….. 😉

29 10 2015
puller9

So glad they had good weather!!!

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