The Greenlick Run bridge and trail project turned out to be more involved than any of us had planned. So I’ll try to fill in more of the details, beginning still on Friday, Oct. 25, the day I participated.
The Keystone Trail Association crew of Tony Robbins (leader), Tom Bastian, Rich Mumper, Henry Bonson, Jenn Ulmer and Donna Thompson cut, skidded and wrestled the big oak log into place, or nearly so. Meanwhile, the other crew consisting of STC members Wanda Shirk, Mark Kelly, Buzz and Gary Russell, John Zimmer, Tod Twichell, Larry Holtzapple, Doug Wetherbee and me, cut and lopped our way from the bridge site up to where the Italian Hollow Trail begins.
With this new bridge and a trail all on the west (left) side going up the run, it eliminates all of the wet stream crossings along this stretch.
With work on the new trail mostly accomplished (the route was established, but some sidehill digging needed to be done), some of our crew went back and helped out where they could with the bridge project.
Wanda and Sharon Southall blazed the new trail route and also re-newed the blazes up Bobsled Hollow Trail. Also Mark, Buzz, Gary and John removed some blowdowns from Bobsled.
While all of this was happening, Kevin Busko and Dave Cardellino were clearing Scoval and Osborne branches. When quitting time rolled around, the big log was not quite in place spanning the stream, so we all packed up and headed back to Kettle Creek Adventures Lodge on Route 144 for supper.
This meal, prepared by Elizabeth Jarrard, consisted of a couple of big pots of chili, garlic bread, chips and salsa, salad and brownies. Dessert was several pumpkin and apple pies made by Wanda. Some of the crew were staying at the lodge on Friday night, courtesy of the Susquehannock Trail Club.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the bridge crew was back at it putting the log into place across the stream. And Wanda, Tod and Buzz from the STC, along with Rob and Tracy Gooder and Kristin Joivell of the KTA put the day in digging the sidehill sections of the new trail (benching they call it).
It remains for sometime in the future for the log to be milled flat, and some anti-skid wire to be placed on it. In the meantime, if the log is dry and the balance of the hiker is good, it can be used, but otherwise hikers would be well-advised to find a spot to ford the stream.
Supper was again provided at the lodge, this time by John and Jan Halter, consisting of honey baked ham, sauerkraut, homemade bread and jam, and more pies by Wanda. staying at the lodge really enjoyed the hospitality and great suppers, and all involved extend their heartfelt thanks to the crews, the great cooks and bakers, and the lodge owners, Dave and Brenda Cardellino.
For those not familiar with the KTA, they are the umbrella group which represents 40-some trail clubs and outdoor organizations throughout PA. Their motto — Keeping Trails Alive.
The next STC meeting will be here at my place on Saturday, Nov. 9. There’s a dish-to-pass dinner at 5 p.m., with the meeting to follow about 6.
Bill Boyd is a member of the Susquehannock Trail Club. He can be reached at email@example.com.