Montezuma Castle National Monument

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We stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument to break up a long travel day. We’d flown into Phoenix from the New York area, stopped for a quick flight of bacon at the Oink Cafe, and then hit the road for the four hour drive to Page.

After about 90 minutes of driving, we took the exit for the Montezuma Castle visitor center, desperately needing to stretch our legs.

Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua people around 1100 AD.


It cost $5 per adult to get in (this has since doubled)…we didn’t mind paying it to…

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Virtual Tour of a field day on Boston Harbor Islands

Keep up your good work guys!

DSC02063 The day begins at a dock. The one in the picture is the courthouse dock, and you can see Rowes Warf across the harbor. All supplies are loaded onto the boat followed by people.

DSC02066 The boat departs towards the islands. It usually takes about an hour to get to our destination.

DSC02069 Once we arrive at the island we are working on that day, we unload the boat and bring the tools and supplies needed to the work site. Island in picture: Lovells. This island was seasonally occupied by Native Americans. There are many fortifications and buildings on this island due to military use in 1825 and garrisoned during the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.

DSC02061 On some days, we go out with youth programs (ex. Green Ambassadors) and work on projects with them. We work on trail maintenance by clearing vegetation that has begun to make its way onto the path…

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Everything’s Chipper

During one of our Stewardship Saturdays events, we headed to Thompson Island to clear woody stuff (rose, bittersweet, spindle tree, etc) from the trail in towards the field. Having worked on this project a few weeks before, there was a pile of woody debris when we got to the work site. Not to far away was a massive wood chipper.

As we were discussing our roles for the day, one of the Project Leads, Bill said “if anyone has not used this before, I would encourage you trying it out”. I immediately took up this opportunity and began collecting the helmet, goggles, and ear plugs I would need.

The machine can be very intimidating at first. Its very loud, and can crush pretty much anything you throw into it. But Bill reassured me by showing all of the safety measures I should take before getting started. I was taught which…

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