I thought another North Country Trail clearing adventure was in the works when I seen tools and camp supplies were being loaded.
|They didn't take the ski box this time.|
There wasn't much room left for me!
|What a glorious evening to be camping on Gardner RD.|
|NOAA says our low will be in the 40's.|
Can I snuggle with you guys?
|The next morning it was quite cool.|
|We went for a little hike on this newly made logging RD.|
|We also hiked a snippet of the NCT, east of Gardner Rd.|
The trail skips over this creek.
|See the blue slash marks?|
This area will be thinned by loggers this fall.
|Now let's cook up our favorite camp breakfast!|
|First grapefruit to get things started...|
|Then, I smelled bacon! |
Seems they're having pancakes too.
|Now we gotta get ready to get to work.|
|OK, now we're hiking in to the section|
we need to clear dead-falls from.
|It rained Friday night so|
plenty of water is flowing here.
|Finally on the trail, we head west clearing brush.|
|What trail are we on?? I can't read.|
|Oh oh, this is a big one across the trail.|
|No problem for the trusty pole saw!|
|Making the 2nd cut.|
|and more yet.|
|Oh gee another one.|
We might have removed a dozen today
|The rotten ones seen in the background,|
lying in the dirt, got left, to avoid damaging the chain.
|But anything off the ground was made hike-able again.|
|I inspected the blazes too.|
This one is OK but I found lots that need refreshing.
Should be another chance to camp at Gardner Rd!
|This little stream is normally just a trickle at this time of the year.|
|Darling Creek is up, really up, hard to cross,|
and about 4ft deep. I think they need a bridge here.
I of course swam across. It was refreshing!
|We finally reached the end of our section!|
This is on top of the decent to the
Middle Branch of the Ontonagon river
|We are so happy to have cleared this section.|
We spent over 8 hours on it today.
We've done around 200 hours on our section this year.
|Back at camp, I fell right to sleep.|
Ya 10yo dogs do that after a busy, busy day like we had.