This summer, Landmark employees have been working hard to complete education projects while school is not in session. For most of our team members, this means long hours and high stress six or seven days per week. Team Landmark is known for getting the job done right, on time, and under budget, no matter what. While we love to work hard, we also really enjoy the opportunity to get away and relax!
Several Landmark families went to San Juan Unified School District’s Camp Winthers last weekend to enjoy some relaxation, team building and comradery in life’s finest classroom – nature. The trip to Soda Spring started Friday after work and lasted through Sunday afternoon. Camp director, Bill Rugg and his team made breakfast, lunch and dinner and were excellent hosts for the weekend.
On Friday after dinner the team enjoyed tie-dying shirts, several for the first time. The effort was led by Kirsten Goble, Landmark’s Marketing Assistant. Even the babies and dogs were included in the fun with tie died bandanas.
Saturday saw much fun all around beautiful Cascade Lake. First thing in the morning, before the team had breakfast, those who wanted to join our instructor for early morning Vinyasa Yoga enjoyed a slow and calm beginning to a beautiful day. Best of all, the instructor was family – Cassie Powell, wife of Brian Powell, one of our Project Engineers. Camp Winthers is equipped with kayaks, canoes, paddles and life jackets for water play. In addition, Joe Bittaker, Landmark’s President, made a surprise appearance with the company’s two paddleboards and stayed for a quick lesson. Surprisingly, the water was warm enough that several people went swimming and even more participated in kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding.
Cameron Harrison, Landmark Project Engineer, enjoyed “being a big kid and playing with the little kids” down at the lake. Paul Hanson, Vice President of Landmark, attended the trip with wife, Susie. Of their Saturday afternoon hike, Paul said, “a highlight for us was the adventurous hike around the lake with lots of beautiful views of the Sierra Crest all around us”.
Although the weather was a warm 80 degrees in the afternoons, nights cooled down just enough to light a campfire complete with s’mores and music. A few creative s’mores recipes were shared around the campfire as part of the festivities. The Senner family – David Senner works for Landmark as a Carpenter – brought homemade cheesecake and raspberry filled chocolate for delicious raspberry chocolate cheesecake s’mores. They were fabulous – talk about gourmet camping! The Powell family brought peanut butter to make peanut butter chocolate s’mores.
Delicious memories were made and there is talk of a weekend camping trip becoming a Landmark tradition for years to come.