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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Work and play

Today's group of birders enjoying the oasis.

I'm just all gung-ho to make progress on the new trail, so I did the first stretch of it today. I figure if I do 20 feet per day that I'm here to work on it, I'll have it done in 100 work days. But I'll only work a few hours in the mornings. My sisters and niece came over to help decide what direction the path should go, whether it should stay an easy low trail until it goes up, or angle up all the time. I think we're going to do a low angle until we get past that little peak in the background and then cut into the side of the pouroff at a pretty steep incline. They'll pitch in and help from time to time.

I got to this bedrock in the arroyo. Tomorrow I'm going to go beyond that up the first incline. I'll try to remember to take photos when I'm done. This was the before photo. The most important thing is that the trail is flat so a person isn't walking on a pebbly slope. That's a killer, worse than the trail ascending or descending. Both feet need to be at the same level, whether you're going up or down a hill. And of course the steeper the slope, the more critical that is.

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