Ditch and Fill, Bog Walk #2, Irene and Visiting a Botanical Garden
Sep 2, 2011
|September 2, 2011 – Ditch and Fill, Bog Walk #2, Irene and Visiting a Botanical Garden
Our lives have been centered on working with the Friends of Acadia on two new projects, preparing for and living through Irene’s visit and visiting a local garden with my camera and photo advisor.
The second bog walk was not ready for us to work on so our leader chose a ‘ditch and fill’ job – one that I will not enjoy doing again. You will have to see the attached photos to understand the process of preliminary trail prep. A ditch is dug beside the new trail and the soil is placed on the infant trail beside it. The ‘soil’ is a combination of small, medium and large tree roots and small, medium and large rocks. Various tools were used – hand pruners, limb cutters, shovels and Pulaskis – a tool with an axe on one side and a mattock on the other. Our leader agreed that she will steer us away from future ‘ditch and fill’ projects.
We started on the second bog walk on the Great Slide Trail in the middle of the park. The trail, which parallels a beautiful little brook, was very rough and wet. Stakes had been pounded into the wet soil every 8 feet along the future bog board walk. Notches had been added to the stakes to show where the upper surface of the top crib board is to end up after we, with great skill, stack the crib pieces in a log-cabin-style shape.
On the first day, our leader forgot to include levels with the haul of tools so we made cribs at record pace. :) But, the next work day, she did remember the instruments and we had to rework the most of the existing assemblies.
One crib location was one of the worst that we have worked on. It was a bottomless sludge of black mud that had no bottom of firm earth. Kathleen and I were the second and fourth crib team to attack this black hole. :)
See the photos of the first attempt in the mud, the floating, tipped crib in Irene’s rainwater, our attempt to build in a puddle, another’s attempt to do the same and our final winning solution of filling the wet hole with, in order, large rocks, medium rocks and then small rocks that we created by breaking medium rocks with a large hammer. Then, with the small rocks above the water level, a crib board was used to pound, with finesse, the rocks into a “firm” foundation. :)
Our bog walk skill was so good that the walk will be extended for another 14 lengths – 110’. Yesterday, after winning the battle with the mud hole, we toted another 20, 8’ logs to the new site. We will start on this length next Tuesday.
Irene entered our lives from the south and ended up to our west and a non-issue. Our RV rocked slightly in the high winds but nothing like it rocked in Sidney, Nebraska last year in tornado country. The highlight of her near visit was the record, 12’ tide and high waves that we viewed on Monday along the cliffs at the south of the island.
Tomorrow, we will join the Saturday work team to brush, floss the carriage road border rocks, clean out carriage road ditches etc.
The weather has been perfect with Irene’s exit with weather like we enjoy in Florida in the winter months.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend.