Sunday, March 12, 2006

It's almost time to Paddle!

It's almost time to Paddle!, originally uploaded by jmharper.

The weather is getting warmer, and it is time to think about loading those boats up and getting on the water. Time to think about where you want to paddle- an old favorite, or a new put in?

Our first paddle is coming up in a month. It is the re-scheduled Merchant's Millpond Overnighter. Save April 8-9, 2006 on your calendar, and hope the weather is better than the last time we tried this. We will paddle to a primitive campsite in the middle of the park, carrying everything with us.

Don't be afraid if you are new to this, we will have some experienced people along on the trip to help you load up and go! If you are interested, contact Jerry, or leave a comment on this blog. And...

See you on the water!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Giveback Weekend- Our First Project

Our First Project, originally uploaded by jmharper.

Over the last weekend in February, sixteen Moguls, many of them River Mice, volunteered their labor to help First Landing State Park clean up and get ready to open.

Our first project was to clean up an indian gravesite, located near the trailheads and visitor center. In 1997, remains of 64 Chesapeake indians, disturbed by nearby development, were re-interred inside the park.

Indian Gravesite

Indian Gravesite, originally uploaded by jmharper.

This was our first project, completed. Weeds were pulled, bushes trimmed, and mulch spread. The site is ringed by dogwood trees, and the only plant allowed inside these trees was a reddish vine with small leaves. It was a challenge leaving it in place while pulling everything else out!

There was talk of the club adopting this site- keep your eyes and ears open.

Relaxing after a day of Work

Relaxing after a day of Work, originally uploaded by jmharper.

One of the "perks" of volunteering at the park was two nights in cabins at the park. Like many Mogul events, meals were shared, and great company was enjoyed.

Jocularity was the word one evening. Here, Debbie was debating the merits of broadband internet access with Chris (not pictured). They stumbled over the definition of "wireless".

Rake that Straw!

Rake that Straw!, originally uploaded by jmharper.

How does pine straw get off the road? With a bunch of hard work, or in Bobbie's case, a lot of blowing. She operated the park's only leaf blower, and "cleaned up" after the raking crews. Raking was good in the sense that we could easily see what we had accomplished!

The Road Crew

The Road Crew, originally uploaded by jmharper.

A bunch of tired Moguls survey their handiwork. over parts of two days, we raked pine straw off of most of the roads in the campground area. In some places, the road was completely covered with a couple of inches of the stuff!

How many Mice can you find in this picture?

One Last Task!

One Last Task!, originally uploaded by jmharper.

The combined crew ended the weekend by folding a couple hundred brochures. This picture brings back memories of old newsletter folding parties.

Aside from the tasks mentioned, the group also assembled and stained two wooden benches, and cut up a truckload of scrap lumber for disposal. All in all, it was a fun and fulfilling weekend in the park. Thanks to Jeanine for setting it up!

END Giveback Weekend