Forging a Trail

I spent today out on Guemes Island working on building a trail with Washington Trails Association and it was great!

Volunteering has been on my mind a lot recently, specifically about wanting to find an opportunity that fits with my skillz, time restraints, and values. While I haven't exactly been beating down doors, nothing was jumping out at me and feeling like a good fit. Luckily, this opportunity to be out in the woods, give back to my community, and help create something that I so often enjoy dropped in my lap (courtesy of my good friend Nora).

I was kind of hoping that we would get to be involved in the plotting of the trail through untouched wilderness, but that wasn't so much the case. Instead, we improved and put the finishing touches on the roughed-in trail that was already there. This consisted of trenching to properly drain water, clearing away organic matter to expose gravel (the preferred trail material), and carrying buckets of rocks to build a French drain to allow water and trail to cross.

All in all, it was a great experience. I learned a little about what it takes to construct (and fine tune) a new trail, got to be outside on a gorgeous NW winter day, felt good about giving a little something back, and will sleep wonderfully tonite being that all my muscles are pretty much done for. Oh*.
Sunday January 23 2011File under: Anacortes, misc

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on Sun 23rd Jan, 2011 10:36 pm PST The Mom said:
Nothing says happy like a muddy male! Good work team! I will enjoy your labors when I walk this lovely trail.
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on Mon 24th Jan, 2011 10:35 am PST soreyes said:
the wta volunteer vacations will be posted up next monday. I did one a couple of years ago in the Teanaway area and found it to be one of the more enjoyable vacations of my time: http://www.wta.org/volunteer/vacations
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on Mon 24th Jan, 2011 08:35 pm PST Andrew said:
Pfft. Don't let "the man" tell you what to wear! Down here at the Root-Miller house we let you work however you want!
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on Thu 27th Jan, 2011 09:28 am PST mely said:
now that's a beard!
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