As we moved into July 2024, our focus shifted to the physical transformation of our project. The entrance, which had long been marred by towering but dying cottonwood trees, was in dire need of a facelift. Each passing windstorm had added new cracks and crumbled branches. It was hard work, but it was work that had to be done. Clearing out these massive cottonwoods was not just about aesthetics; it was about safety and creating a fitting welcome for what lay ahead.