I cherish every day that I can wake to the great outdoors. The word “work” doesn’t even come to mind. Since moving here to Doniphan, MO I’ve come to appreciate the “tubing” culture that has evolved around Current River. There is a sign above one of the patrons of 11 Point Ranger District which sums up the mindset of the locals: “I wasn’t born on the river, but I got there as soon as possible.” I patiently wait for summer to be a part of this experience and explore the Current River for myself.
As a part of the VetsWork Program I intend to leave my mark on what has become my favorite area along the Current, Float Camp Recreation Area. There are 2 trails, White Oak and Woodchuck Nature Trails. Float Camp and its coinciding trails were established in the 50’s as interpretive trails. The trails and its interpretive signage have fallen on the way side and I plan to restore the trails as they were originally intended many years ago for future generations to enjoy many more years to come.
Being a part of AmeriCorps has not only opened my eyes to many aspects of the Forest Service, but what the forest has to offer. On a daily basis I am surrounded my many like-minded individuals who have the same passion for nature and I learn something from them every day.