We're nothing if not sweaty, so the club put my friend Jim in charge of coordinating a crew to do some brush clearing. It's definitely needed; our trails are fantastic in the fall/winter, but they get really overgrown in spring/summer without constant attention. Because I love the trails and had a great time at my first GORC workday, I was glad to volunteer. Unfortunately, the chosen day fell on the same day as J's only doubleheader this year, and since I've skipped a couple soccer games due to races I didn't want to miss these. I still planned to meet the early crew at 7 a.m. and get in an hour of helping before the first game.
Instead, a full night of rain and a stormy day's forecast shut down the soccer fields and freed me for rain-or-shine trail work. I'll admit, as I left my house in the pouring rain I wasn't positive whether I was heading to the trails or grabbing coffee and heading back home to bed. My car made the decision for me, and I was a little surprised how many cars were there when I pulled up.
Of course, because I was 10 min late (surprise, surprise), most everyone was already hard at work.
|Jim and Mike go over some details|
I definitely should have brought work gloves, because it's better to pull up honeysuckle by the roots and my hands got sore quickly. I most likely brought home a raging case of poison ivy, so I'm really glad I caught that Zanfel at LBL. Jim was nice enough to let me use his gloves for a while.
Despite (or maybe because of) the fact that it was raining, the work was a lot of fun. The guys were good company, and once you were already soaked the rain was hardly noticeable...except when someone would yank an overhanging branch and send down additional showers. (OK, usually that was self-inflicted...)
|Patrick's fun face|
|Me, Steve, Pat, Caleb|
|Heading back to my car along the nice, clear trail|