The 2014 year at YBRA is shortly coming to a close. There were some great students and faculty here this season, we saw two sessions from the University of Houston, Penn State was here for a week, Southern Illinois University was here and Professor Eric Ferre made the YBRA staff a great French dinner call Boeuf Guardian, the wine wasn’t bad either! Also with the photography of Josh, SIU presented YBRA with a beautiful framed lightning photo, that he captured from the fire pit, to hang in the lodge. We had Ohio University here and Professor Doug Greene entertained with some awesome blues songs during our impromptu open mic night. New Jersey Museum was here for three weeks with different students weekly for the paleontology course. We had a new school this year from Rhode Island, Roger Williams University brought a class out to study the ecology of the Beartooths. Professor Lonnie Guralnick says they will definitely come back next year.
The end of the year saw Princeton faculty cabin get a new metal roof with Thom, Heroy and Butcher dorms getting a new roof in the spring of 2015. We had both water storage tank interiors sand blasted and refinished. The Foose faculty cabin had the deck replaced with new composite decking and new log railings, a BIG thank you to Terry Williams and Steve Foose, daughter and son to “Pete”and Dottie Foose. The deck would not have been possible without the 2 of them. They both were here to help with the installation. Ray has been working diligently on the road, as you know the road can be pretty rough at times but Ray has been keeping up with adding gravel and grading it at every chance he gets.
The early snow on September 11th allowed for most of the branch piles from cut trees to be burned early this year. Then the warm up right after to 80 degrees allowed for the Red Lodge Fire Department to come out and cut down close to 2 dozen dead trees throughout the camp. Their expertise was able to remove trees that were close to cabins and wires.
The rest of the plumbing should be shut down very soon and the YBRA gate will be locked for another winter and looking forward to next year!