Stories and updates from the field, as told by HistoriCorps’ stalwart fleet of trucks.


 

Xena here, and don’t think that just because you haven’t heard from me I’ve been cooling my mud flaps this whole time! We’re circling the wagons and having ourselves a reunion this coming week! HistoriCorps’ annual Field Staff Training starts this Sunday, and they’re coming in from all corners of the country. We’ll be covering how HistoriCorps gets ‘er done, how to stay safe while doing it, and how to make sure volunteers have a good time. It’s not just about training the new staff though; plenty of returning field staff are coming to share their experience and develop their skills. Plus, we’ve got two new members of the HistoriFleet! 

Welcome Tina and Titan!

Tina and Titan are the latest additions to this great fleet, and we are all stoked to meet them at the training! Titan’s going to stand out a bit though – as an F350 with a 10-foot bed and winch, he’s the largest truck in the family. They’ve already got their feet wet (literally!) – Titan was working out at the Little Park Wellhouse restoration project with Alison and Ryan in the eponymous Denver Mountain Park, and Tina went clear over to New York to help on the Quiet Cove Naval Building project. I love how our team is always rarin’ to go!

While Buckaroo and Bodie were off helping volunteers save the Mormon Lake Guard Station and Centennial Work Center in Arizona and Wyoming, the rest of us have been helping the staff here in Denver gear up for the 2018 project season. I’ll get to be back with my old buddy Jon Williams this year, and am all revved up about returning to the IOOF Cabins and Anderson Lodge. Anderson Lodge is the only wilderness project this year, and it’s also the one where I get left at the trailhead. Horses will haul the heavy stuff in to the remote project site. I tried explaining I have four hundred horsepower, which is significantly more than the ten horses have, but that argument didn’t seem to sway the folks in charge. 

I’m also adding Bodie and Bar B-C Ranch to my resume! Bodie (the truck) is just getting back in from Centennial, WY this week and I’ll have to ask her about her time at Bodie State Historic Park last year. 

Well, I’ve got to get back to the Red Rocks camp in Morrison, CO – lots of organizing and cleaning to do before the rest of the HistoriCorps staff arrive on Sunday! 

So long for now,

Xena

P.S. Denver’s Westword featured the reinvestment in Denver’s Mountain Parks – we’re getting famous! Read all about it here.

Looking forward to hitting the open road!

Horsepower at Anderson Lodge, indeed. 

Nor’easters can’t stop this team at Quiet Cove!

Safety first! (Centennial Work Center)

Restoring the original cupola at Little Park Wellhouse