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Trails Week

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Trail work by Jackie Stetser
Maybe it was the word "work". I don't know. I just wasn't sure that I wanted to get involved. I wasn't sure that I Wanted to turn my favorite fun activity into work. I did not know if I was strong enough to do all the work. What if I'm asked to move rocks? Heavy rocks are not what I want to be moving!

John Bigl put me at ease, letting know that I had options on what I would've doing. A group on11 of us worked on building the bridge on the Parker Trail. We raked, cut back brush and branches and created a new section of trail. John worked with Dave Anderson carrying a 16 foot long planks for the bridge. Jason Teatster was in charge of building the bridge. John Bigl was in charge of trail work. We worked for six hours, and the time just flew by. We laughed, told stories, and ate together.

I found that trail work is nothing to fear. It's a great way to meet people who love nature, and give back to Mount Monadnock, my favorite place to both work and play!

State Park Manager recently wrote: The touching part of our ongoing relationship with this mountain is that we, as a people, have also been there when Monadnock needed us. Monadnock needs us just as much as we need it; the mountain needs you. There is a continuous 130 year history of people and organizations fighting for this mountain. The Town of Jaffrey stood up and protected Monadnock from private enterprise and exploitation. The State of New Hampshire stepped up and protected Monadnock from private logging operations that would have stripped her eastern sides bare. The Society For The Protection of New Hampshire Forests were not only there to save Monadnock from private housing developments, the Forest Society has continued to conserve land as recently as 2012; protecting another 400 acres of our beloved peak.

Giving back to Monadnock was a special time for me. Iíll be back next year even stronger. I know that Iím capable of doing trail work. Actually, just about anyone could! I was able to stop when I was tired, and no one cracked a whip or brow beat me into doing more than I felt capable of doing. Yes, it was a very meaningful, fun day!

I left the State Park knowing that I was a part of something important.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COREY195 7/16/2013 11:30PM

    emoticon wow!

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ARRREAGLES 7/15/2013 10:40AM

    Trail work is awesome. I haven't done it in years, but really miss it. I should try to get back to it. In VA, we were always about an hour from the rolling shenandoahs. I haven't found the local AT here in PA, but know it crosses out in western MD, and cuts a large arc leaving the state at the Delaware Water Gap. It might be a little further away, but like you point out, you feel so connected when you give back to the trails that give you so much. Awesome work!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/14/2013 10:08PM

    I had no doubt that you would have a great time and meet people like you!!

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MICKEYH 7/14/2013 9:49PM

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LINDAKAY228 7/14/2013 1:24PM

    Awesome! So glad it worked out better than you anticipated and that you had such a great time!

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IOEINC 7/14/2013 1:09PM

    emoticon looks like a great time was had by all even though all of you were working so hard!!



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NASFKAB 7/14/2013 11:48AM

  great job

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KAYOTIC 7/14/2013 11:46AM

    Great job! Looks like a nice bridge you all built there!

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JUST_BREATHE08 7/14/2013 11:27AM

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    Sounds wonderful, and I'm glad you had fun!! I moved rocks for one trailwork event, but not-so-heavy and not-so-many (that project was fairly limited to rockwork) but still had a good time cheering on the harder workers. I'll try to remember your work next time I get to Monadnock!! ( May be a few years off, but I'll get back there!)

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AENTRIKEN 7/14/2013 9:57AM

    Thank you for your service :)

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GRAMMYEAC 7/14/2013 8:58AM

    Volunteer trail work is so important to maintaining the health of the mountain.

Thank you!

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CELIAMINER 7/14/2013 8:54AM

    Thank you for giving back to the mountain! What a worthwhile endeavor!

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WILSONWR 7/14/2013 8:45AM

    Sounds like a great time! I love those type of projects!

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68ANNE 7/14/2013 7:51AM

    What a great thing to do

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_LINDA 7/14/2013 7:33AM

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That is awesome to protect such a treasure! Fantastic work helping with keeping up the trails! Looks like a gorgeous place to hike!

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MSLZZY 7/14/2013 7:28AM

    emoticon project! So glad you joined in! HUGS!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2013 7:10AM

    OH my . . . what wonderful work you're doing! LOVE the group picture @ the end. Everyone is smiling!!!

HUGS and smiles back to you.

LOVED the blog by John the ranger too.

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SANDRALEET 7/14/2013 7:05AM

    Work is whot makes us use full

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