|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on July 15, 2014 at 10:55 PM|
Post courtesy of Gary Bruner, Overseer of Reese Hollow Trail & Shelter
Imagine waist-high ferns...indeed, the entire area is a veritable sea of ferns...and the trail running smack dab through the middle. To keep the trail open I must destroy a ton of ferns. Here's a shot I took.......
I was up at Reese Hollow Trail and Shelter today, where I am the volunteer overseer for PATC, to do some routine maintenance. It was not super hot--about 80F--but the humidity was killer. Within half an hour I was as soaked from sweat as if I had jumped into a swimming pool. See, the whole long pants, long sleeves, and gloves outfit kinda runs counter to the whole coolness thing. The shelter was fine, no issues there, the spring running well (of course I enjoyed several dippersful of the sweet water!), so I turned my attention to weedwhacking the mile-long Reese Hollow Trail. It connects the ridge-top Tuscarora Trail with the shelter down off the ridge where hikers can camp overnight and have good water access.
Sure, there are many tons of ferns there, but somehow it just doesn't feel right to wipe out even a single fern.
Another one of life's trade-offs, I guess.