…exploring tracks in dry Doe Creek…
…enjoying the warmth of the straw bale hermitage.
In between bouts of frigid weather,
a troop of Boy Scouts arrived
from Oklahoma City
for their winter visit.
It is their second time to come inside
during the winter
and spend a good deal of their time here
helping us with big projects.
Two years ago
they cleaned out piles of dead trees
washed down the creek bed
during years of spring floods.
after their morning
they planted trees
in the holes Ann and Frank
in between the swales and berms
on the hill above the big pond.
It wasn’t warm—
the wind whipping over the hillside,
but it wasn’t freezing.
And in two hours
they worked out a system
of working together
and planted about 100 trees.
Ann shows the Scouts how deeply to plant the trees.
Filling water jugs.
Planting between swales, which slow rain water so that it can soak into the prairie.