Hello again Dear Readers,
The great Jim Rohn once said “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment”. Well we lived that quote this week, figuratively and literally, whilst building a new bridge for the Bison Way trail and bridging the gap between us and our cousin crew from the North.
Fun times were had by all this week as we were able to reconnect with our long lost comrades from Cave Run Lake, who have been working tirelessly on some much needed trail clearing. They decided that they had had enough of that though, and peaced down South to help the Gorge crew in our bridge construction. And trust me when I say, dear readers, that it was righteous.
What may have once been a suitable bridge presented itself to us, but time and weather had taken it’s toll on the poor structure. It was taken down and the wood given back to the forest, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes, or Robocop, a beautiful new bridge was reborn.
A large tulip poplar was selected for the job, which was felled and cut into two foundation pieces and two stringers for the walking surface. After setting the foundation pieces into opposing sides of the gap and planing the stringers, notches were cut into both to create a connection. Think giant Lincoln logs. Yes, as it turns out, we’ve been preparing for this endevour since childhood.
The week ended on a high note with all 13 feet of the bridge being completed on schedule, and many compliments from Forest Service staff and visitors alike. High fives were had by all. Stay tuned for more, dear readers, for we love sharing this experience with you all.