Unexpected Yet Wonderful Wildlife Encounters

     I had never been West of the Mississippi River till I was 20, and barely camped or cared to venture into the woods between the ages of 12 to 19. Such things as bear sightings were an abstract fear for most of my life. Throughout several years of working in...

The Harder the Work, the Sweeter the Reward

Let me be honest with you, deep down, I’m lazy. If I can take the escalator instead of the stairs, I will. My natural disposition for sloth, however, makes me a great trail worker. It means I’m willing to push through that extra bit of pain for all the more candy...

And We Are Off!

    Summer has finally arrived (for a while I was thinking it wasn’t coming this year) and phase two of the El Diente project is in full swing! Phase two is all about restoration of the old trail that which we re-routed last season. We are all packed in,...

“I’m so Tired, it feels great!”

There is something intrinsically invigorating about an end of the day and being in the state of whole and utter physical exhaustion.  For all who know the feeling, they can recall that even the achievement of soreness by dusk is somewhat sensational.  I was working...

Beginning Season Trail Obstacles

This has been a late start to the trail season, but regardless of the time of year, when trails start to thaw out from the snow the same obstacles still occur.   Major obstacles are downed trees in all sizes and in many forms. Some could be a single small leaner;...