Trail Workday Update
Happy New Year: Hoping that everyone’s holidays were merry and bright. Your hard-working Advocates and volunteers were back at work in the New Year on Sunday, January 19. It feels a little guilty and downright wrong to say, “It was another beautiful day in the Park”. The dusty fire-road and the Forest desperately need some rain. Except for that “inconvenient truth,” it was a beautiful, sunny, and warm day in the Park–a perfect day to re-side the outhouse at George’s Picnic area.
Outhouse Re-siding: I know this is not what you immediately think of when we say “Trail Work Days in the Forest.” You probably think that we are out counting butterflies, dusting ferns, or gathering pine cones. However, sometimes less “ethereal” things also need to be done. When we say, we take care of the Park, we mean it!
And you know what? It was one of our most fun trail work days. We removed all of the siding and trim from George’s outhouse, repaired some rotten studs, re-sided and re-trimmed the building and even got a couple coats of solid body stain on it (State Park’s brown). There was a real sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Potty Crew: We had a great crew including our regulars Norm Nelson and Sean Shrum, and newcomers Bob Bailey and Jon Beard, Advocates Bob Thrash and myself, John Fuchs. Advocate Maureen Thrash baked delicious muffins, and Bob brought the coffee and orange juice. Of course, we were led as always by Park’s very own Patrick Courtright. Big Thanks to everyone who helped out!
One Down, Two to Go: Next month we will be at it again on the Mary Easton outhouse, and the following month on the Porter Family. Come join us. It really was more fun than it sounds like or should be. And I’m “relieved” to have it made it through this blurb without a single, off-color potty joke!
Join Us: Come on out and join us. It’s fun, great exercise, and a real nice sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that you get to take home with you. So, make it your New Year’s resolution to come out and volunteer on our monthly potty-work days, or consider a donation. We need both. It takes volunteers and money to take care of our beautiful Park: The Forest of Nisene Marks. By Vice-President, John Fuchs.