The fifth hitch started off with a bang - the crew hastened to the cabin to roll out the red carpet. Meanwhile, Jarrod and Rich rode in from Troy, Oregon with Kevin Martin, the Forest Supervisor, Kate from the Pendleton office, Larry Randall from Walla Walla Ranger District, Ron Hassel, SCA Trails Director and Sally Ferguson, SCA Partnership Representative, to show off the work.
Once everyone arrived at the cabin, it was steaks all around and an evening around the creek - campfires not being allowed due to the fire danger... It was a privilege to have everyone tour the project and leave the crew with such positive feedback on the "summer of lopping."
All good things, however, come to an end, with the special guests all leaving on Tuesday morning after a super special breakfast. Then it was back to clipping lots and lots of small branches.
Six new (horse sized) check steps grace the trail where it was very washed out, and a stone retaining wall has been rebuilt to support the trail.
6,150 feet of brushing, six check steps, 45 square feet of rock wall
1 new horseback rider (longer stirrups needed), 15 pounds of steak on the barbie, 10 pounds of potato salad down the gullet, 75 gallons of water sweat