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Maintenance Hike Tuesday

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The hiking club I belong to has roughly 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail to maintain on a year-round basis, including privy's, shelters and camping areas. As a member, we can ask to get assigned to a section of the trail and help maintain it.

My little piece of it is 5K-sized, or about 3.1 miles. I generally rope my husband and dog into it as it makes the work go faster. Truly, I'm much more of a fall and winter hiker--summer is very hot and sweaty, lol. But we all make it work. Today we went out to clear brush, blow-downs and do general trail maintenance. Here are some pictures:

I need to find out what these flowers are called!

A huge blow-down. We tried sawing it, but it was wet and dead. Managed to lever it off the trail and called it good. Supervisor dog on duty!

Here's something that generally gets my goat everytime I see it. Trash along the trail, in this case 2 water jugs. There's a saying called "leave no trace", pack in what you bring and pack it back out with you. I wish more people would follow this simple rule to keeping parks and trails clean!

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