Hitch Report 6

In wrapping up the last two weeks of our survey season there was so much to do. The team held a meeting to address what we were going to do for the final project and plan what we needed to get done to complete the season and head home. We had one of our last conservation projects at Perry Lake where we helped deconstruct an old sunken boat docks and cleaned up the shoreline. We had a regular survey hitch, but this time we were able to switch partners weekly instead of biweekly. This way we all were able to work with each other and see all of the sites.

On our last survey week we found that we had make-up days to do. Some of our team members stepped up to take double shifts at our farthest sites in hopes to keep our last week in Kansas survey-free. Our final conservation day, we cleared a line for fencing to protect native grasses from visiting horses and mule grazing at Clinton Lake. This fence will also protect the horses from roaming past the equestrian parks until corrals can be installed. We had our final official team meeting to discuss the upcoming landlord walkthrough, paperwork, and exit activities we would be doing the upcoming week.

Our final week in Kansas we had two makeup days at Perry Lake and Milford Lake. We took advantage of the site setup at Perry Lake to make our final project videos. We did a lot work our last week: cleaning and packing, completing paperwork, writing essays, finishing time logs and activity logs, returning equipment to the US Army Corps of Engineers, and recycling. We still continue to work on maintaining house cleanliness, emptying the house of furniture, and organizing how to get all that we have accumulated home with us. We are excited for our bittersweet final dinner out in the town of Lawrence.