|Saturday evening / night Max and I traveled to the T-33a trail as we heard it was open but was blocked by a tree across the trail. Monday was a good weather day and Tom was looking to get out "somewhere". A plan to return to T-33a to clear trees became a goal. Rob ended up joining in for a three stooges day. Good times.|
|5.5 miles, round trip, 4h49m
overall time, average speed 1.1mph
We had perhaps 2 hours of tree cutting.
|Heading west from the north edge of Longmont with the town of Lyons as the meeting spot.|
|Up a switchback or two on the trail.|
|Peak To Peak Highway at the Pleasant Valley curve.|
|The Aspen Tree Swamp|
|This is what remained of the
large tree Max and I cleared two nights prior. We cut back the tree a
bit more from the edge of the trail.
There was a comment to get before and after photos for each clearing task. I didn't live up to the task.
|The trail had several trees that were similar to this. We stopped perhaps five or seven times to cut something.|
|Rob's FJ40 wanted one pull up a ledge.|
|A nice day though clouds are starting to thicken for the afternoon showers.|
|High enough to have spots of snow still about.|
|T-Shirt snowball fights - fantastic!|
|This tree was left alongside the trail though we did remove the limbs extending onto the trail. Our three man crew was perfectly in sync - one cutting, one holding the cut branch / removing it and passing it to the third to toss into the forest.|
|I didn't quite catch what message Rob had for me.|
|Something about he only needed ONE, yes, ONE, strap pull the whole day.|
|Rob & Tom
descending a step.
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|An odd thing happened. At the
night visit, Max and I were on the trail and we were stopped by a large
crossing the trail. I believed the trail went on just a bit more past
the tree. Today, we came to THE end - but there was no tree across the
trail. Where did it go? Where were we the prior night? I did not have
the prior visit's
(after dark, in the rain) track log in my GPS so I'd have to wait until
I returned home to compare the log.
The below image shows how the two visits compare. The red line stopped at a tree crossing the trail. The green line, extended past that "blockage". I saw no evidence of a downed tree. Odd.