Today was the official opening celebration for that boardwalk you've been seeing pictures of for a couple of years. The last piece was completed in August, and the Forest Service threw a party today. 37 people came! Quite a few representatives of the Forest were there, and people from our chapter. Also, the (relatively) new National Park Service Trail Manager came.
The picture above shows Dave Jaunese (Forest Service) welcoming everyone and explaining a bit about the project. Just to remind you, or for new readers, this has been a three-year project to build over a half-mile of raised boardwalk through a wetland area known as Sterling Marsh. This is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
The Forest Service brought most of the food, and the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association brought some. The Forest Service created some nice displays with collages of scenes from the project. In this picture, Maggie is apparently checking out the displays. A couple of folks are looking at the power wagon, which was a big help in moving materials to the work sites. The other people seem to be looking at Maggie!
Ah! Finally (not too long really), we took a hike to check out all thirteen sections of the boardwalk. They all have their approaches done, and have been neatly numbered!
Meanwhile... there is always that last-minute scrambling behind the scenes. No one brought a can opener to get into the beans.
Never fear! Trail folks are always resourceful, and I always have a tool box in my car. In a pinch, a screwdriver and pliers will do the trick. Maybe I'll stick a can opener in the glove box, too!
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