Fuel Reduction Project at Bastrop/Buescher State Park Complex

11 days of work nonstop,

Primitive camping less than an hour from Austin,

By day 7 we were feeling the exhaustion.

 

Brush cutting, chipping, and chainsawing,

Cooking, cleaning, and dish washing,

We’re all getting into the hitch routine,

With a developed reliance on coffee and caffeine.

 

Sausages and “dirty” money were involved,

And there were a couple problems to be solved,

The thunderstorms those last two nights,

Not to mention the mosquito bites.

 

Playing on the playground and swinging on the swings,

Happiness in little things,

Cub Scouts running through our site,

Yelling late into the night.

 

Filling buckets up in showers,

Springtime’s pretty, blooming flowers,

Sloppy joes with potatoes and corn,

Getting scratched and cut by thorns.

 

We’re on a few days rest at the moment,

Which fills us all with such enjoyment,

Though it was a good time all around,

We’re all happy to stop sleeping on the ground.

 

Michelle Murnane, Emergency Response Team Crew Member

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