Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Well, there you have it....

Crew 1 at the end of week 12.

Steps couresty of Dannon et al.

Beautiful sidehill, that's what I like to see!

Trail so good even the wildlife prefer to use it!

Like Tom and Ray say on Car Talk, "Well, there you have it. You've just wasted another perfectly good week on the Konnarock Trail Crew." But, just like the show, you know you didn't waste your time but had a good time and probably learned something on the way (whether it is useful or not is up for discussion).

Another season with the Crew has ended and talk about successful! The Crew was able to put the finishing touches on two long-term relos (Tye River and Unaka Mtn) as well as several other projects. In a week or two (I do have to go on vacation), I'll have some stats on what was accomplished this season. Without a doubt, I know we did a lot. And, what is more? Not a single Volunteer lost-time injury (that hasn't happened in a long time!!); of course the Volunteers deserve a good bit of that credit so thank you!
The staff spent today cleaning up camp, sharpening tools, and packing up to head out tomorrow but not before a good dinner together (and maybe a beer or two). We had a great season and thank everyone for helping to make it that way!

Kerry, Dave, Christine, Ted, Dannon, and Adam

Monday, August 4, 2008

Frank happy to be painting blazes on the newly opened Unaka Mtn Relocation (Frank has the most weeks on this project-10).

If you're at Unaka Mtn, you have to hit the falls.

Longhorn smiles for the camera on the Pine Swamp Relocation.

Even the local fauna came out for the Pine Swamp Relocation opening.

How beautiful is that?

Trail opening at Unaka Mountain with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking Club.

It's really nice to finish a relocation or two from time to time and Week #11 saw both crews puttin the finishing touches on a long-term project and on not-so-long-term project. Anyway, Crew #1 finished the Pine Swamp Relocation (a two week project started this year) and Crew #2 finished the Unaka Mountain Relocation (a 10 week project started in 2006). No matter what the size, a relocation is a relocation (even though the big ones are really, really nice to finish) which means lots of work and in the end more great trail to hike courtesy of the Konnarock Crew!

We're off for a few days then we'll be hitting the Trail for our last week of the season (wow!). Next Monday as usual we'll have dinner for the returning Volunteers of the week but anyone is welcome and encouraged to come say goodbye to another successful season. If you'd like to come please let us know by calling camp ((276) 677-4055)).