This past Saturday, April 16th, was the start of our AMC Work Party season. We had a turnout of 12 volunteers who were eager to start the day at 9AM. Everyone came prepared in their boots, work pants, backpacks, water bottles and a smile on their faces. We were fortunate enough to start our day on a beautiful, crisp, clear morning with the sun shining bright and the smell of pine needles in the air. Our group was made up of people from many walks of life, from college students to a seasoned AMC member who has been with us since 1975! Now that’s dedication!
On this particular day, we set out to clean mucky drainages, backfilling swamped check-steps, and building our very own water bar (that’s rock work in the trail world). We separated into two groups and Beth, the Volunteer Projects Supervisor, worked with her group on clearing out some seriously clogged drainages and my group worked on building a water bar. The going was tough and muddy. We were sweating by lunchtime, when we took a well-deserved break at the smooth and rocky Noon Hill overlook. We had breathtaking views of a vast green expanse as far as Moose Hill in the next town over. Once we were nourished and rehydrated we started back up on our projects with a new vigor and determination to get things done.
All in all, as a team we completed a hefty chunk of work in a short amount of time by backfilling swamped check steps and re-directing the flow of water off the trail with our newly cleaned drainages and a handsome water bar (not to shabby for a volunteer trail crew)! At the end of the day everyone was sufficiently muddy, tired, and happy and walked away with a sense of reward and a newfound appreciation for trail work.