The Fab Five at Baxter - July 13-19, 2008


Photo by: Julie LePage


Baxter State Park & AMC trail builders & members have had an ongoing connection dating as far back as 1886 - and this week's adult volunteer crew carried on that tradition in top form.

The crew started their week hiking on the South Turner Trail in a light rain. Working along side BSP's Trails Manager and volunteer SCA crew out of Kidney Pond, the group hiked up the mountain cleaning waterbars along the way with various trail tools, including one we had never used before, the Maine Potato Rake! The AMC crew were skeptical at first, but the tool proved to loosen up the soil & moved obstructing rocks from each of the drainages. A brilliant use of a local tool!


Photo by: Julie LePage


While the SCA crew continued on to another project uphill, the AMC group got cracking on their own project for the next few days. Led by the AMC's Volunteer Project Coordinator Ali Kosiba, and assisted by volunteer crew leader Julie LePage, this small but mighty crew of five installed "fouh bombah watahbahs" (translation from Maine-speak to conversational English: "four excellent waterbars"). Paul Sannicandro, Baxter Trails Manager and Maine-speak specialist, said he hadn't seen waterbars built that "bombah" in Baxter in some time - quite the compliment! The crew did an excellent job in four days time and should be proud of their efforts. These waterbars will help to keep rainwater off the tread way, and help to keep the soil (and hikers) on trail.



Photo by: Julie LePage

Throughout the week, many highlights of Baxter were experienced, including deer & moose sightings, fireflies blinking around our tents, fishing, swimming & canoeing in the ponds, the calls of the loons, frogs, and various birds, a BBQ at Kidney Pond, long chats with the ever-friendly Baxter Rangers & Staff, clear & sunny working weather, and of course...plenty of slugs and bugs!

Thanks to our volunteers comprised of Dan (aka Thirty-nine-nine), Kelly (Queen of the Dirtbag), and Dana (Resident Historical Specialist) for their hard work and generous donation of their time!


Photo by: Julie LePage



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