We met at the tool shed at 9 am to learn how to use all the tools and hear where we would be working. Some volunteers had come in just for the day, driving over 3 hours each way! Others had been vacationing for the week and gave thanks for the beauty they had experienced by helping for the day. Some high school kids were volunteering as part of a school project on helping the community; I'm sure they will receive a great grade with all the photos they took and the ones we sent them.
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My group of new friends (everyone was very friendly) worked on building the new bridge. Though we were told it was rough construction and didn't have to be perfect there was a lot involved in the building of the bridge. Boards needed to be spaced so the water could drain, but kid's small feet wouldn't get caught between any boards. It needed to be centered in the trail and leveled, which took time to figure out. In the end our group fully completed only one section of bridge, clearly we were so proud that we took pictures laying on the bridge! Another section was nearly complete when we had to switch to another job.
It was a day of hard work, but it was extremely satisfying to improve a trail and give back for others to enjoy. We encountered very few hikers on the trails but those we did thanked us for our work. The trail crews that do this work regularly, without reward of a BBQ and raffle really do deserve the thanks!