Five year old Ariel was with me that day, and she came up with the idea to set up a lemonade stand for the workers. When I asked her how much she was going to charge, she said "for free! The workers are working hard". This was such a sweet idea, we had to go for it. We added powdered lemonade mix to a 2.5 gallon jug of water, set up a sign "Free lemonade for volunteers" and put a cup out for tips, so Ariel could feel the excitement of getting some spare change. When we got there, the guys moved some large rocks around so she could have a little table and bench! She had quite the setup, with cups labeled with people's names as well. Eventually we had to move her because they needed to use those rocks. She also went down to the other two trail crews to announce her free lemonade. She really enjoyed doing this and made $2.02 in tips! She was so excited, she counted up the coins and announced to me "Mommy! I made 13 monies!".
When the lemonade began to run out, we found another job for her and another 5 year old boy, Connor. She put on her gardening gloves and used her empty yogurt container to scoop dirt and pebbles into the gaps between the large rock steps on the trail. Connor placed little rocks into gaps under the rocks to keep them from wobbling. They were very busy little kids and they loved to help.
We stopped a little after 2pm, hot, tired, and happy that we could help and hang with some great people.