After a greasy stop at Five Guys where we filled our bellies with awesome burgers and fries, our crew drove the rest of the way to The Cabin parking spot in complete darkness.
Chris and Connor Paine, the Casey boys (Ben and Zach), their dad John, Bryan Wiegers and myself were making a trip to do some tough trail maintenance. A few trails up to The Cabin hadn’t been worked on for several years, requiring some tree removal, brush cutting and sorely needed trail markers.
It was about 80 degrees out when we started out as we hiked up in pitch darkness due to the new moon. We made the ascent wearing headlamps and thanks to Bryan's route finding and Gaia GPS app, we arrived at 9:30 pm that night. Making our way out onto the deck, we witnessed the greatest show of stars like you've rarely seen in a long time. It was a new moon and completely dark, making the night sky – unspoiled by light pollution – perfect for viewing what looked like millions and millions of stars.
After putting away our stuff, we all returned to the deck to sit outside until past midnight, in T-shirts and shorts, just witnessing what that starry display had to tell us about the miraculous God who made each one of them with a word from his mouth. The young men with us started speaking about how this wide expanse deepened their faith, and they were filled with enthusiasm about future trips and some tasks that needed to be done.
We spent all day Saturday cutting up trees that fell across the trail, cutting back brush around the summer trail up from Victory Road, and clearly marking the trail with reflectors and pink and orange ribbons so future Cabin visitors can enjoy a safer hike up no matter what the time of day. With a headlamp, you’ll easily find your way even at night. Once crossing the logging road about a mile after Shorty’s Landing, look for trees marked with reflectors to guide your way.
On Sunday, we cleaned out years of old food left in the cupboards, some stored in there for more than 10 years. Now that space is free for all of you! Next time you come up, there will be plenty of space to store your food during your visit. Going forward, we’re asking all guests to carry in and carry out so that any extras left behind won’t build up in the cupboards!
I’m already looking forward to the next trip with a bunch of strong working guys who want to cut some wood and perhaps even to install a new woodstove and make some repairs.