By: Marc Gomez-Crisostomo
The ferns were as tall as me (though I’m only 5 foot 4), there were branched to duck under, prickly thorns grabbing at our legs, and rocks hiding under cover waiting to trip us. At times, we let our imagination run and we pretended we were in Jurassic Park. It sure felt like it as we trekked across the trail with our loppers, our chainsaw, our tools of trade. Each day was like a new adventure. A new quest to clear and improve the trail for our fellow outdoor explorers.
We began our day by driving to the trail head and unloading our gear and tools. Then, in order to assure were ready for the day, we had a stretch circle. Along with that, we would come up with questions each person had to answer. Some of them were: if you were in a zombie apocalypse what tool would you always carry with you? If you could be any type of animal what would you be and why? If you were in the Hunger Games, who would you want as your ally? Crazy hypothetical questions to keep us entertained.
At the end of the day, it all came down to our willingness and readiness to give it our all. We were excited to be doing trail work, to be in an incredible forest, and to know we were helping out others. Our hard work with a combination of our imaginations and creativity made this an unforgettable 5-day hitch.