Believe it or not, I have a half dozen deranged volunteers who’ve agreed to help clean the trail and remove poison oak on the Cabin Creek Trail tomorrow morning, Friday, June 17, at 8:30. Here are the rules:
- Meet at the Park and Ride at the junction of I-5 and Hwy 89 at 8:30 am. We’ll try to leave together by 8:45. We’ll drive to the Cabin Creek Trailhead in McCloud, open the locked gate, and drive to the bottom of the trail. Easy, huh?
- Weather predictions are for scattered showers and about 63 degrees. If we don’t go, we’ll get no rain. If we go, we’re guaranteed to get some rain, so best to go.
- Wear boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirt. I have gloves and protective glasses, but if you have your own favorites, bring ‘em.
- Glenn and I have all the tools and hard hats. Bring water and a snack or lunch…and eat your vegetables…and look both ways before you cross the street…
- If you detest poison oak, you can stay at the end of a long rake and fling the cut pieces off the trail, go for a hike, or just stand there and jeer at us for being so stupid. There may be other entertaining things to do as well, like watch us scratch ourselves.
- Bring a change of clothes. If you end up rolling in the poison oak (like Tim and Glenn and I plan to do) then you should remove your garments before climbing back in your car (this will avoid marital discord later).
- Recommended cleanup for the urushiol oil in poison ivy includes Tecnu soap, rubbing alcohol, and Dawn dishwashing soap. I toss my clothes right into the washing machine and haven’t had a problem.
- I plan to work to about noon or 1. You can leave anytime you want; this isn’t a prison crew.
The photo shows the prep for tomorrow.
This is gonna be fun!