The hitch of the “wormies”
An epic battle of man against silk worms began after the first day of trail work. The tornado force winds tore our kitchen tarp repeatedly and brought the worms down from the trees on tinsel lines of silk to invade and cluster on everything in camp. They particularly liked the stove lid, the cooler and the underside of the table. By day six we evacuated the corralled kitchen area of the campsite and confined our food to bins in the river and the cab of the truck. As expected our crew devolved and its comical how relative the term ‘clean’ becomes after 7 days of camping, working and sweating.
The south zone crew of five successfully completed the project of Blowfly Trail on the west fork of Morgan Creek. The eroded portion of the trail has been mitigated. The crew continued to repair the tread along the entrenched and coarsened section of the trail by placing two large waterbars and drainage dips above the final check step and a crib wall.
After 2400 feet of completed tread and brushing the crew moved onto Little West Fork Creek Trail. The wide trail has to be reduced to restrict ATV use so we dragged real big logs up real close to the trail. Obviously technical. For the first time being in the olden days would have been beneficial because back then we would have at least have had ox to drag the logs, as opposed to clamps and biceps.
Andrea, Kendra, Stevie, Eric and John passed the time with numerous word games, their favorite being the ‘helmet game’ in which they wrote the name of a famous or known character on another’s helmet then they would ask questions about their name to determine their identity. They survived close lightening strikes and were fortunate not to become cocooned in silk. Overall, the hitch was a complete success, many songs were butchered and a lot of work was completed.