I know! I went to the Superior Hiking Trail Association Headquarters to renew my membership - and volunteered to do Trailhead Maintenance. We went through a list of available trailheads, and I picked the one that is closest to where I live: Reeves Road.
|Reeves Road sign, standing upright|
We've been to Reeves Road before - twice! It's just up the road from Two Harbors - very close to my house. As trail sections go, it's not very exciting: the northbound trail follows Highway 2 for a mile before turning off onto the snowmobile trail; the southbound trail follows the dirt Reeves Road for a mile before turning off into the woods. Not exactly Wilderness, but it's something that I can do whenever I have time. Trailhead Maintenance involves making sure that the sign is standing up straight (a trail-wide problem!!), there's no trash or anything littering the trailhead, the parking pad is in good shape, and that the paths leading into the woods are cleared and well-marked. If I'd been doing maintenance on this Trailhead last year, I would have been the person to inspect the damage done by the big flood and report back to the Superior Hiking Trail Association. This year, I'll stop by once a month until the busy season starts, and then I'll stop by more often.
|Thunderdog and Joe, exploring the ice sheet otherwise known as Reeves Road|
In other news, temperatures have been hovering around zero and the wind has been just wicked in the last few days. We had a brief January thaw last week - just long enough to melt all of the snow! - but now we're back into dead-of-winter. I hope that we'll be able to go out for a hike/snowshoe sometime soon. Planning for summer is all that I can do.