Just got back from Elko and a day full of meetings with folks from the USFS and the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group... had a call from Craig Smith, one of the Friends of the Secret-Lamoille Trail who had made some signs to help volunteers find us on our work days.
Craig is the Wells HS shop teacher, and unfortunately for all of us here has decided to leave our lovely climes and take a job near Teton National Park, in Wyoming. Tough duty.
Before he left, though, he wanted to do his bit for the trail. I should have known better than to expect anything less than something amazing. These signs are beautiful and will serve us well for years to come. Look for them this Saturday as we work on the trail on National Trails Day.
Thanks, Craig, we'll miss you and look forward to having you back for a hike or MTB ride sometime very soon!
While one great volunteer is moving on, a few more are coming to join us.
Jerry and Shar Williams from the Reno Chapter of Backcountry Horsemen spent their Memorial Day weekend here in Lamoille touring the project. They're very excited about the opportunities the project presents, and are staunch supporters of the multi-user trail concept. Our kind of people! They plan on working with us on the trail themselves, and hope to make this a regular project for their Reno BCH chapter - great news!
One of the more interesting aspects of having Jerry involved is that he is an experienced horse packer, and teaches horse packing techniques for BCH. His insights into what works best for pack strings will be invaluable to us as we move ahead with the project. The fact that horses and bikes will share the trail will make his contributions critical to the trail's success - by pointing out potential problem areas he'll help us keep this trail enjoyable for everyone.
Welcome to the team, Jerry and Shar!