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Posted by Scott Crellin on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Wednesday January 22, Ken McIntyre, Dave Capron and I attended the required annual chainsaw class at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  No, I did not take pictures of the bunch of us sitting around, eating donuts and getting educated on the finer points of chainsaw safety and maintenance.....
On Sunday, we had another cheerful crew meet up at Paso Picacho:  Henk Overdest, Anne Fleming, Andi and Don Ramer, Tony Sandoval and Dave Capron.  It was a sunny and crisp morning and after a short shuttle over to the school camp, we headed up the Dyar Spring trail (part of Loop 2 in the Cuyamaca 100K) armed with the usual implements of trail work:  a brush cutter, loppers, saws, and a pitchfork.  I fired up the brush cutter and soon everyone was hard at work removing cuttings, trimming up branches, manicuring the wee bits, etc.  Dave also applied herbicide to the cut stumps.  And, 15 minutes ahead of schedule, we made it to the end of the section on that trail that needed to be worked.  Now, all of Dyar Springs from its junction with East Side trail south where it enters the big meadow near the spring itself, looks fabulous.  
Thanks to Anne for taking pics while I operated the brush cutter.  From the bits of conversation I caught when not revving up the cutter, it sounds like lots of great ideas were exchanged on favorite gels, salt tabs, races, etc.  All this plus wonderful views out over the meadows and foothills!  Post-work lunch was enthusiastically received by our hungry crew (thanks to SURF for the meal) along with a growler of Rustic Horizons ale from Manzanita Brewing.  Then, it was time to pack up and head home for a well-deserved winter's nap.
Happy Running Everyone!



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