End of shift as the crews gather back at the supply depot near our home. The vans are waiting to take them back to Glendive, Montana, 58 miles to the west.
Heavy snowfall, wind, and fog have made for a perfectly miserable winter by our standards. These guys are from Midland and Brownsville, Texas, and points south. We were constantly amazed at how they were always on the job, despite what the Northern Plains was dishing. I told Rob that they reminded me of our ancestors who settled this country: tough, adventurous, hard working.
They've made fine neighbors. Because they work everyday, and need to get the workers in and out, they hired plows to keep the roads open. There were several times it would have been impossible to have gotten to the highway, five miles away, had they not opened the roads.