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AZ Trail Maintenance Weekend Blue Ridge, AZ
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AZ Trail Maintenance Weekend Blue Ridge, AZ 
AZ Trail Maintenance Weekend Blue Ridge, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2017
Hiking4.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   8 Hrs      0.50 mph
400 ft AEG
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A big crowd showed up for this AZT Work Weekend... 24. It is truly amazing how much work can be done with a big crew. In fact, we got done a couple hours earlier than I think they anticipated. This crew consists of many other stewards that chip in for other stewards of the Arizona Trail. I think it's just great. We had a few first timers as well and of course, lots of the old reliables.

Many folks showed up Friday nite. It was an early wake up call, we had our breakfasts, packed our lunch, loaded tools and took a few vehicles to the Trailhead to head up the trail for the day. We had a quick demo for doing drainages and then split into groups of 2 or 3 to work each with a pic or mcleod or pulaski. Roger was in charge of the rock bar; we could have used another.

I learned a lot more again about drainages. You have to think like you're rushing water and where would you go and where do we want it to go. I worked with Tracy and it took us about an hour to perfect one of our drainages. Shawn came along and said, well you could have a split with part of the water going down the other side :doh: . The other thing is to not just think of water coming down the trail but from the high side too.

We had lunch under a large juniper tree before finishing off for the day including one area where we tried to keep folks on the trail by laying debris and expanding the trail. We did that from time to time, expanding the width of the trail. The main culprit was rather large rocks; altho they don't look that large until you try to get them out of the ground.

Saturday was Pot Luck and wow, was there some great food out there and desserts. Everyone pretty much headed to their quarters when it got dark; I think around 8. Wendy and I looked at her pictures from her Utah river trip before we parted. The next morning it was Shawn's infamous pancakes. He had to get up early to start cooking two at a time but most of these volunteer workers are up around 5 to 5:30 anyway. And then it was off to work to finish up a few things and some finishing touches for the morning. I helped Wendy with camp and then headed back to the Valley of the Sun.

The lighting was terrible for these photos and videos. I am using my new ZS60 that replaced the ZS50 that broke on my River Raft Trip. However, the light was just not the best.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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