The way our team has clicked is unbelievable. Honestly, it was like a brotherhood right off the bat.
Out here there are plenty of stressful conditions, and 10 different ways to do everything. Instead of getting into a scuffle about how something should be done, we brainstorm and come up with the best solution together. We’ve developed a tremendous amount of mutual trust and respect over a short period of time.
It’s a very good thing we get along so well when you consider our lodging arrangements- which I’d compare to a glorified deer camp. We each have our own cot in a 20-foot by 20-foot room. Thankfully, we are all pretty neat and respect each other’s space. Having such tight living quarters really hasn’t been an issue- except at night. If you happen to wake-up in the middle of the night, you get the privilege of listening to what I call the “snoring symphony.” It’s pretty hilarious to hear everyone snoring in a different key at the same time.
It gets dark around 6 p.m. and that’s when we usually head back to “camp.” After supper, we spend the evening talking and reminiscing about the day. One of the reoccurring themes in our conversations is how this project would be considered virtually impossible by standards back home. The terrain that has to be crossed in order to connect the wire from one pole to another is insane. But the locals are determined and they do whatever it takes to make it happen, scaling dangerous slopes and hacking down trees along the way.
It just goes to show that where there’s a will, there’s a way. It’s nothing short of amazing what people can accomplish when they come together for a common purpose.
-Contributed by Wolverine lineworker, Bill B.