Our Christmas Eve special was really fun, if you call wrestling with vines bigger than your arms fun. Yes it was, and we made great headway clipping those vines.
We had about a dozen volunteers, including Palos first-timers Nataka, Nina, and Lise. Joy started two fires, and while one group of volunteers hauled brush and loaded the fire near where the power tools were working (we had a chainsaw and brush-cutter at that end), the rest of our crew cleared another big chunk of terrain working exclusively with loppers and bow-saws.
Swallow Cliff Woods Sunday December 26
I arrived at 8:45 Sunday morning to a solitary car in the South lot. Minutes later our volunteers began pulling in - we had 16 in all - and we were off for a brief walk to our work site.
This was another super day, with 16 volunteers working on a slope just above the section we cleared last month. We had to delay starting a fire until 10:00 due to low wind and still managed to burn everything we cut by noon. We basically finished this area, cutting and dragging brush from the bottom of the hill to the north and from both sides up above.
Thanks to first-time Palos volunteers Jeff and Landon, to Doug Chien and Michelle whom I hadn't seen in such a long time, to Bob E and Jim C who brought their chainsaws, and to the rest of our dedicated group.
Long Time Coming
I had the good fortune of being at Swallow Cliff Tuesday morning when the first snowflakes fell, and the doubly good fortune of being able to hang out a couple hours and take it all in. For this lifelong snow nerd it was a beautiful morning.