Trail Maintenance With The Western Maine Mountain Jeepers
It's not often you skip a raging party, only to show up the next day for the clean up. Maybe we watched one too many teen party movies in the 1980s, but there's that image of the grand piano winding up in the swimming pool, the mutant biker gang showing up and making off with the homecoming queen, and the magazine supermodel coming to life and finally making you a man. With all that going on, why would you want to show up the next day to pick up empties and mop up the mess?
For us, time constraints meant we wouldn't be able to catch the Western Main Mountain Jeeper's annual Maine Mountain Jeep Jamboree event held in beautiful Bethel, Maine. While we did miss out on the hundreds of Jeeps running miles of muddy, slick trails with gorgeous scenery, club member David Smith invited us to go out with a group of members the day after the event to learn more about how the club cares for the trails, fights soil erosion, and generally ensures the land will stay open and accessible for recreational use in the future.
In the end, we learned a lot about what it takes to keep Eastern trails open and healthy. And it didn't hurt that the members we hung with drove a really bitchin' assortment of Jeeps. For more information on the club's activities or to see about joining them for a run, visit www.jeepmaine.com.