We returned to the site last worked before Thanksgiving, removing brush from both sides of a ravine inside the Yellow Trail loop. Two gas brushcutters helped immensely. Meanwhile, our chain sawyers thinned trees a safe distance away.
We were joined by first-time Palos volunteer Kaela and returning friends including Sheri, Jake and Miguel. The year-end warm spell continued, working against us in one respect; the soft damp earth limited our ability to traverse the sides of the ravine. Though it felt good to shed clothing and work in shirtsleeves this late in the year...
McClaughrey Springs Sunday December 29
This marked the last session of the year in Palos. We cleared brush along a winding stretch of Mill Creek, giving us a clear view of the creek by morning's end. This is the instant gratification we don't often get in our endeavors - pushing a wall of brush back doesn't have the same visual impact.
We were fortunate to have Steve and his chainsaw (and later Ben's) to deal with the bigger, tangled masses of brush. That freed the rest of the group to haul and burn, which we did with great energy. Much thanks to Kaela, who, along with Steve, Kathy, and Diana, doubled up Saturday and Sunday.