We had an official build day this past weekend, with about 35 people showing up to help build and improve the trails! We endured some rain and a little bit of wind at the end, but everyone left with a smile.
For those who have never come out, and/or think they may not have something to contribute – here are some eye-opening stats:
- About 1/3 of the people were first-time builders
- About 1/4 of the people were women
- 6 were under the age of 18
- a couple were college students
People worked on projects ranging from putting in a drain, rebuilding bermed corners, reconfiguring a corner for better flow, packing down new portions of trail, raking trail smooth, and transplanting plants.
So truly, people of all abilities are welcome and can make a meaningful contribution to the trail.
My 8 year old daughter came out and had an absolute blast. As we were walking back to the trail head for lunch, she turned to me and asked, “Can we come back tomorrow?” She helped pack down a couple of new berms, dug holes for transplanted ferns, broke up clods of dirt, and helped age the berms by transplanting big patches of moss. She also helped make a batch of oatmeal cookies to share.
Thanks to the BLM, we had an excavator to do a lot of the heavy lifting – leaving the easy work to the people – like spreading the soil around and packing it down.
A few guys worked on an upper portion of Highballer to fix a drainage problem. A bermed corner was prone to filling up with water, so they dug a trench and put in a drain. No machine help here – just hard labor.
Thanks to the folks who came out – the trails really show the improvement, and thanks to the folks who cooked us lunch.