After nearly a year of continuous YERTy travel and 49 states to his name, Ben boarded a train yesterday morning in Montana near Glacier National Park to begin the journey home to Kentucky. Thats right, hes answering the call of his Dad Duty and joining Julie to nest at home and prepare for the birth of their first child.
Ben brought an enthusiasm for YERT and all things environmental that never seemed to die, even when it seemed like everybody around him was about to do just that. He always managed to find one more person, one more interview, or make one more call to make the most of whatever time we had in a particular state. Also, as the consummate b-roll hound, there was never a shot that he didnt get excited about and he would always go the extra mile to get it just right.
And then, of course, there was Ben the comedian. Hed make the YERT team laugh, and he brought that sense of humor to the stage and the editing suite as he painstakingly made sure that we had enough laughs to keep folks on board.
Heres a big blog high-five and gigantic thanks to Ben for devoting his blood, sweat, tears, and scent to YERT now, then, and well on down the road as we begin the monumental task of finishing the remaining short videos and then embark upon the YERT Film. (Erika and Mark will be driving up to Alaska for about the next 5 days. Stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath as we hunt for Internet access in the Canadian wilderness.)