The crazy day, with wind gusts, cold temps, and the occasional snow squall. And sunshine. This stuff should have come on April Fool's.
Due to the predicted high winds, we did not burn, instead cutting brush and laying the cut pieces on the ground. Not as satisfying as burning, but playing the hand you're dealt.
We still got some good work done. The sun even showed its face from time to time, though right before noon came the first real wave of crazy. See Steve, below, strike a defiant pose.
This day was a beauty, one of those that makes you grateful you were able to get outdoors. And makes you wonder "What WAS that going on yesterday?"
We dragged and burned multiple stacks of brush cut on a previous day when there was NO wind, hence no burning. Numbering only six, we managed to dispose of everything that group of 30 cut and still found time to cut some ourselves before noon.
Thanks to Elijah and Annie (book-ended by Margaret and Diana) for a big assist.
This was the last round on our busy weekend and we had a fantastic turnout! Three students from Oak Lawn HS, two from Moraine Valley, one from Stagg, another young man whose school I do not know, other new or almost-new volunteers, really great!
We were spread all over the hillside cutting and dragging to the brush-pile and expanded the area Bob has cleared over the past several workdays. On the walk out we saw several varieties of native plants popping up in areas previously cleared.
Our heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers who joined us on this weekend. You truly are the ones who make good things happen in the Palos Preserves!