This morning the inmate crews left Tassajara to help prepare another site closer to the fire. They assured us that they, or other crews, would be back if the fires get close to Tassajara.
Before they left, the Tassajara residents invited the crews to join them in the morning work-circle where they went around the circle saying their names. The residents expressed their gratitude for the inmates' work, then gasshoed to the inmates and gave each of them a bag of cookies. There were t-shirts for the crew captains and the correctional officers.
The inmates, Strike Teams 1 & 6 from Fenner Canyon, then thanked the residents for the food and the respect with which they'd been received.
During their stay the Strike Teams slept by the pool, using the upper and lower barm bathrooms. They were able to take a shower at the bathhouse and enjoy the plunge for a few minutes.
All of which is evidence of a heartening change in attitudes towards the inmate crews since 1999.