Yesterday was an exciting day! We put the final touches on the structures in the morning, painting the detail on Sadie, adding trim here and there to both structures, and installing our plaques.
After lunch, we focused on getting our shop ship shape and had a brief afternoon break to listen to the middle school Earth Science campers present the work from their week. Nick stayed behind to help the Ilisagvik maintenance team move the shelters out of the shop, and we all came over to set up the student models and drawings for presentations. We had a pretty good turnout in the audience while the students presented their individual work and talked about what they learned from building the structures. We watched the excellent movie Rob made about the camp (link to be posted soon), and then brought everyone out for a tour of the structures and some photo ops.
After the presentation, it was moving time! With A.C. loaded onto the forklift and some confusion by the drivers as to which playground it was going to, a caravan started down the road toward the playground, following our slow moving structure.
A few of us worked to level out our spot at the playground while waiting for the loader to arrive. The park was full of kids and a few parents, curious about what was happening. The loader maneuvered between basketball hoops and play structures, and with a little finessing and teamwork, we got A.C. in place. The excited local kids jumped on the structure almost before we got it off the forks!
The loader went back for round two while the rest of us headed to the second site to prep the ground. It was colder, windy, and mostly empty, but the few people at the playground were excited to hear what was coming. A woman there with her grandchildren was almost in disbelief and after the structure was installed, she spent time talking with all the students, congratulating them on their hard work.
Installations successful, we finished our day with a well-deserved party. Most of the college staff was there, as well as some community members, and all the middle school students from the Earth Science camp as well. We enjoyed food prepared by Simon and Tenna and built a raging bonfire to roast marshmallows. Many brave souls took a celebratory plunge in the Arctic Ocean to cap off the evening.
What a thrilling day! More pictures of the structures in use coming soon...