Posted by Scott Crellin on Monday, February 17, 2014
On Sunday February 16, we assembled another enthusiastic trail work crew consisting of Jeff and Nancy Martin, Julieann Storm, Dale Miller, Jennifer McDaniel, Weldon Thomson, Karen Ross, Vic Marlow, Johan Cronje and Anders Juncker-Jensen. And they had good reason to be enthusiastic on a day in mid-February where the high was about 75 degrees. No one dared to call this winter!
We hiked in about 4.5 miles to pick up working from where we left off last Saturday. Armed with our Pulaskis, the crew made quick work of the over-growth and in numerous places restored the trail bed to it's original route. We cleared about a half-mile, which is just excellent work with hand-tools. Check out the before and after photos.
After another substantial hike (including the last killer climb back up to the parking area), we enjoyed the warm weather and a pleasant lunch. Vic decided to go barefoot during lunch which soon launched us into stories of "The Grossest Ultra Runner's Feet I've Seen" followed shortly by tales of "My Life As An Assistant To A Proctologist!" It was a fine example of the kind of high-brow discussion one expects from ultra runners. Perhaps the experience was enhanced by our growlers of Captain Stout and San Francisco Surprise from Alpine Beer. Or, maybe we were all just sun-addled....
We hope that the remaining mile or so left to clear on Secret Canyon will be wrapped up by the inmate crew in the next few weeks. I'll be sure to spread the word once I am informed that the trail is completed. We've done an impressive amount of work restoring this trail to its original glory so I hope everyone starts running out there (best to do so before the weather gets hot).
As always, many thanks to our hard-working crew of volunteers.