Friday, October 29, 2010

Trail Maintenance - Northville-Lake Placid Trail

Twice every year, usually in May and October, Holly and I visit our 3-mile adopted section of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail for some routine maintenance. This is our 17th year doing this, and it's generally in pretty good shape. But there are always drainages to be cleared out, encroaching brush to cut back, and the occasional downed tree to try to remove. I usually lead this as a Schenectady Chapter ADK outing, but this fall we were going to be on our own, until a couple of friends volunteered to help us out.

The four of us spent about 4 hours in a cold rain getting the trail in as good shape as we could under the circumstances. It was wetter than any of us had ever seen it, and the current rain wasn't helping. We did what we could, had a quick chilly lunch in the lean-to at Stephens Pond, and then retired to a Stewart's Shop in Indian Lake for hot liquid refreshments. It was a pretty miserable day, but the company was good, and we met our obligation for this fall.

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