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Week 5, Day 5: Swamp Lyfe!

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Friends, we really really did it. When the tide rose, we were ready to get off the ground. We were also ready to get eaten by a gator. Because, who wouldn't want to get eaten by the gator you built yourself?!

We started this morning the way we start every morning: with reminders to meet as a team, make a plan for the day, and keep an eye out for each other being awesome.

The swamp swing team meats to make a plan for the day. Maya, Sydney, Maddie, Benjamin, Siri and Alexandra listen and offer suggestions to prioritize tasks.

The swamp swing team meats to make a plan for the day. Maya, Sydney, Maddie, Benjamin, Siri and Alexandra listen and offer suggestions to prioritize tasks.

Then, we hit the ground walking. Some groups separated into small groups or pairs to accomplish smaller tasks, while other groups stayed together to work toward larger goals. 

Leila drilling a larger diameter in the frame of the giant gator.

Leila drilling a larger diameter in the frame of the giant gator.

Silas, Eli, Lucy and Zoe work together to build a support for the bridge that will connect the structures of Stiltsville.

Silas, Eli, Lucy and Zoe work together to build a support for the bridge that will connect the structures of Stiltsville.

We maintained our focus, and tried really hard to finish our projects, so that we wouldn't get eaten by the gator!

Maya uses the drill press to drill super straight holes where the main beam for the swamp swing will hang from the block and tackle.

Maya uses the drill press to drill super straight holes where the main beam for the swamp swing will hang from the block and tackle.

Haruki uses the bandsaw to cut out spikes for the alligator's back.

Haruki uses the bandsaw to cut out spikes for the alligator's back.

In the afternoon, the tide was high and the alligator drifted into Stiltsville (with some help from the residents)!

Cruv, Silas, Jake, Calder, Laili, Brandon and Siri help to carry the components of the alligator's body closer to Stiltsville, so that the final assembly can be done on location.

Cruv, Silas, Jake, Calder, Laili, Brandon and Siri help to carry the components of the alligator's body closer to Stiltsville, so that the final assembly can be done on location.

Then, it was time play! There was some elective eating by the gator, and the elevation of the swamp swing!

The swamp swingers get safely and briefly elevated!

The swamp swingers get safely and briefly elevated!

After a long week of hard work, it was great to hang out in a swing, ramble across the bridges of Stiltsville, and get a little lost in the jaws of a giant gator. See y'all next week!

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