Saturday, March 21, 2009

East Walker River 3/13-15/09

We headed to the East Walker River in beautiful Lyon County to work on several restoration projects with Jeff Weise from the USFS’s Bridgeport Ranger District. We camped near the East Walker River at a beautiful spot called the Elbow (courtesy of the Flying M Ranch) and woke up on Saturday with frozen water bottles... brrrrr! Despite the chilly conditions, 16 volunteers carpooled to the Rosaschi Ranch, our work site for this project. The Rosaschi Ranch is now public land and considered by many to one of the best trout fishing areas in this part of the country. After a brief work safety talk by Jeff and Wes, we formed teams and went to work. We removed an old fence line, consolidated a myriad of walking trails down to one route and installed a few carsonite signs to guide folks down to the river. When we returned to camp that evening Wes, Eva, and Brian cooked up a hearty meal of chicken stew, pasta, corn bread and salad, complete with smores for desert. We sat around the campfire enjoying each others company and one by one headed to our sleeping bag knowing in our hearts we had made a difference not only today, but also for future generations.

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Great photos. Thanks for posting them. It was a good weekend, and I hope there are more trips along the East Walker.