Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 6, 2013
Brrrrr! It was only 18 degrees at the Secret Canyon trailhead as our soon-to-be-Dirty Dozen hit the trail to try and keep warm. Luckily, there was no breeze and after a 45 minute brisk walk to our starting point (out in the sun), everyone could again feel their fingers and toes. And once started, this crew was a trail clearing juggernaut. We covered about 4 tenths of a mile and as you can see from the before and after pictures, it was a huge improvement. All done with hand tools: loppers, Pulaskis and McClouds. Thanks to the folks at Ewing Landscape for selling us an other Pulaski at a nice discount.
Scott Crellin played around with a small garter snake who had apparently not gotten the official Forest Service memo (form #7389-HERP/27) to be hibernating for the winter. Back at the trailhead for lunch, we set upon the food. Everyone was quite pleased with the growlers of Captain Stout and Duet IPA from Alpine Beer.
Just about that time, a sheriff's patrol vehicle pulled up. The officer rolled down his window and was initially quite grim in response to our collective greetings. Suddenly, we heard music coming from inside his vehicle and it was The Baby Elephant Walk from the 1962 John Wayne movie Hatari (here is a link to the music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Of course, we all cracked up. The officer wanted to know if we knew
the name of the song (a couple of us old geezers did) and the name of
the composer. We all drew a blank on the composer and the officer told
us it was Henry Mancini, and topped this off with a few bars from the
Pink Panther theme.
Relieved that we had not violated some ordinance, we finished lunch and everyone headed home. Thanks to Andrew Kovacevic, Ryan Hayes, Rob Distante, Chris Sigel, Andrew Moulis, Ashley Anderson, Jeff Hooker, Scott Crellin, Joel Tuckey, Mary Lou Lackey and Dave Capron for all of their hard work.