I learned about the IAT when I was living in Baraboo and went out to monitor the trail with Nancy and Shirley. I didn’t know where we were going, because the trail was lacking sufficient signage. After we completed our hike, I asked if they needed a trail maintenance coordinator. They took me up on my offer. I soon met Luke and Tim, who trained me on mowing and blazing the trail and proper signage. From there, I joined the first Mobile Skills Crew that received training from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. I really felt like this was a place I belonged. I love learning new things like chainsawing, first aid, CPR, support, crew leading, and watching the organization grow. I’ve met a lot of really great people and formed many life-long relationships. I consider everyone to be family. I have never worked for an organization that was so respectful and appreciative of its volunteers and treated them so well. All of the staff are very helpful, and I love to promote the IAT. I love attending outreach events and trying to sell others on what a great asset the IAT is for Wisconsin. I hope that someday everyone will get to experience it. I always bring up the trail during conversations with others. It is truly a remarkable thing to be a part of and I am grateful I took that first step toward Parfrey’s Glen from Solum Lane in 2002.