Sat, Jun 2 2018 - Hide and Seek at Hyde Farm: Helping on National Trails Day while Hiking by the Hooch! (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Charlie Cottingham
Participants:Ron Walker, Gary Babiarz, Charlie Cottingham, Evy, Nancy, John Brandon, Mary Beth, Liz Doerr

Write Up:

We eight AOC volunteers had a good time together at the historic Hyde Farm while pitching in with our Nat'l Park Service hosts and other "friends of the Chattahoochee" to improve the trail network.  Our mission was chiefly to pile up brush on more than a mile of random "social trails" between the farm and the river, to "hide them" and thereby focus hikers onto more environmentally appropriate paths through the forest.
  It was fun having a 40-year resident of the farm, "Morning Washburn" in our work group, along with NPS Ranger Dave Thomas who oversees the CRNRA's volunteer program.  
 On the steps of the almost 200-year-old farmhouse she gave us a brief oral history of the amazing farm, which was only recently acquired by the Park Service as a joint $12-million purchase in partnership with Cobb County.  Also after the project Morning treated everyone to delicious ice-cold watermelon on the tailgate of her truck.
  Thanks to brand new member Liz Doerr for choosing this as her first event with our fine Club.  Liz, we hope to see you and your friend Mary Beth again soon!
- Submitted by Charlie, Sun. AM June 3.