Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday on the NCT!

Oh ya. We were lucky enough to have Marj and Rebecca along to help continue on down segment 34 towards that big crossing of the West Branch of the Sturgeon.
Marj takes care of the trail near Tibbets Falls but came to help us here.

Rebecca is just getting involved...we're so glad she joined us!

I spied some interesting growth. Fungus? Lichen?

Marj and I took our break together.  We all needed it!

Arly spied a dead tree, that easily
could topple over and block the trail.
Since the saw was available, he took care of it today.
After Marj and Rebeca left, we walked forward and decided to
"sprint" to and clear the beaver dam crossing.
Made it to the crossing!

We found many planks along the way...
covering holes so hikers don't get hurt??

Once the weeds and grass was cut, you could
see the ground and planks. Easy crossing!

Blazes marked the way, once upon a time.

We also cleared the top of the beaver dam.
This path was blazed also.
The berries were no match for the string whacker.

We were glad to be back, after that hot 2.5 mile hike to the car!
Do note, we didn't clear the last 1/3 a mile to the beaver
dam crossing.  We'll need to return and clear it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

More Villi Maki clearing!

Oh ya, yesterday Josh, Arly and I were back on the Villi Maki trail and got more clearing done.
Josh is clearing brush back at the Spring Creek bridge
near Highpoint RD

I do keep my distance!  I'm in the top right, of this photo.

This is looking towards Churning Rapids and as far as we'll be clearing.

Oh it does look better!

Ya Josh, we'd have not got anything done without your help!

This is looking up the hill, away from the bridge and towards
Highpoint RD.
All cleared to Maki's field.  Looking much better!
Me and Josh, just about got this clearing done. 
I think trails are important and we need to keep them open.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New dog truck here!

Every auto around this place was getting old and with high mileage.  Then yesterday a friendly fellow from Rhinelander Toyota showed up with a new truck!  Funny that the last new vehicle they had bought was back in 2002!
Ya its pretty and all,  but do trail mutts fit in it?

Maybe they plan to take it camping and doing trail work.
I do fit in it!!  I guess it will work!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day two of NCT segment 34 clearing!

Oh ya.  Josh came out to help today.  I love him!  We got at least another mile cleared today so this post will be big.
Our ready-to-work crew heads out past the trail signs.

We cross a creek that drains into a hole and shows up 30ft later.
Is there a culvert under here?

This is a logging RR grade.
We spied trees leaning in that will come down later

Ya, it's better if they come down now, while we have the saw out.

This will help the NCT stay cleared longer.

Trail mutts do stay busy out here!

Hunting is always good around here!

Josh ran a heavy duty whacker to clear the shoots
and weeds out.

Everyone is looking for future problems in the canopy.

We found this one right across the trail.

Funny that some people think pole saws can't cut much.

Arly says this hung up crown will be down today.

Just like that, we cleared this portion.

Where did this old trail marker come from?


I got hot n thirsty.

I love tannin flavored creeks!

We take a break together.

What a gorgeous valley the trail follows.

More leaners being removed

We've been out here all day, so maybe we should head back?

Everyone was getting tired.

Down in another gully and back up we go.

The fungus among us. It was soft and rubbery!

Yet another gully.

Almost back.

Some trail people got tired on the way home.

Trail mutts know all about getting tired.