Posted by Scott Crellin on Sunday, January 12, 2014
On Wed, Howard, Max, K-Mac and I started working on the Harvey Moore trail in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, beginning at its junction with the Pine Trail and heading east. While it was a lovely sunny morning, when we started out it was a chilly 26 degrees at the bottom of the Pine Trail, tucked down in the holler of Descanso Creek. Fortunately, we began to thaw out once we started working on the trail. Twas our usual cutting and spraying assault and as you can see from the before and after pictures, the trail corridor is now much wider. Extra thanks go to Max for helping out. He's not an ultra runner; just a local geology major who recently graduated from college and was looking for some volunteer opportunities (and found us thanks to our website).
On Saturday, we had a new crew ready to take on the Dyar Springs trail (also in CRSP). Again, more cutting and spraying ensued. I had forgotten the nice views you get on this trail of Stonewall Peak and Green Valley (see photos). Many thanks to Willie Alvarado, Jim Crosson, Christine Bilange, Joe Keith, Chris Sigel, Pennie McLaughlin and K-Mac. Extra special thanks to Pennie for taking pics while I ran the brush cutter and for her homemade cookies. What a nice treat! I thought the cookies paired well with the Imperial Stout (12%!) from Manzanita Brewing.
It was another sunny day warming up to about 70 degrees by lunchtime. If this is global warming, so far, I gotta say I'm all in favor! Everyone on the crew really worked hard and we cleared a lot of brush.