United States Forest Service Experience, Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
"These were not just makeshift paths through the woods. The only thing that made them different from a sidewalk through a town was the concrete. They were nice trails. I learned (all of the tasks) on the go because I had never done it before. It was easy to pick up and not much different than other similar things I have done. We would swing pulaskis, pick on one end, axe on the other, for eight hours a day, This was probably the most challenging part for me. My hands would cramp to the handle and by the end of the day I could barely hang on to the tool to swing it. But I… we all kept going until the end of the day and finished the job. It was physically challenging but mentally rewarding after seeing the trail."
"On the weekends I would hike the trails we word on and climb to some of the highest peaks in the area. When I reached the top of a 7,700 foot mountain, I could see for miles. I would sit at the top and have lunch and just admire the country."