The week began in rain, but ended in sunshine.
Gary, the trails foreman
for the National Park, had us carry twenty or so logs 1.1 miles in on the Mansell
Mountain Trail, up slab rock and across ridges. The crew braved the weather with minimal complaints and as a group we were able to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat. We even were able to install the “bog walks” (called bog-bridges in the Whites) along the Perpendicular Trail. Steve Klauck
was the volunteer crew
leader and managed to keep everyone in line, except for Joe and Gary who had to be separated. (photos: Steve Klauck, Ali Kosiba)Week #3:
Again we found ourselves on the Perpendicular Trail, which was made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, with winding granite staircases and beautifully done retaining walls. The steep 0.9 miles u
p to the worksite
allowed for breathtaking views each morning and afternoon. Over 800 stairs were counted by Paul. Here we worked with the Acadia Trail Crew helping them move recently drilled and wedged granite blocks down to their worksite
. We used a high-line and grip-hoist to aid our efforts. We also constructed a new lookout trail from here: a view of Some Sound, the only fjord in the lower 48. This week I had two leaders, collectively known as “The Bills” – Bill Brodnitzki
and Bill Patrick, both a wonderful asset in leading, setting out lunch supplies and adding a fair amount of humor to the work place (photos: Ali Kosiba) .