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FisherCat
10-27-2007, 09:16 PM
Hey everyone, first and foremost NH is and shall always be my homestate. So I'm sorry the only relation to the Whites about this story is myself.But since (for now)I have to live here I figured I might as well give a hand with a local state trail system that needed some waterbars replaced. Its hard to believe the state paid someone to put the old ones in the way they did, but the park manager said it would be great to have the old ones replaced. So I did them NH-style! The rocks, soil, trees are all different here so it seemed real strange. I got a seperate set of tools to use here as my ones for NH are sacred and shall never be diluted by foreign soil. Obsessed? Yes, Crazy? Probably, Prudent?, Most definitely!
Hope you enjoy, it's only a few pics, but I hope some out there appreciate the one at the end.
Mister man, I can't wait to get home again. I miss the Osseo Trail!
LIVE FREE OR DIE
http://fishercat.phanfare.com/album...mageID=29947096
If that doesn't work, try this, I believe I copied the above link incorrectly,sorry!
http://fishercat.phanfare.com/album/461956#imageID=29947096

Charlie
10-27-2007, 10:58 PM
i get page not found

FisherCat
10-27-2007, 11:41 PM
Hopefully this fixes it. Sorry!

http://fishercat.phanfare.com/album/461956#imageID=29947096

Steve M
10-28-2007, 12:16 AM
Thanks for the pics. It's neat to see what other states are doing. Even though it's not what your used to.

FisherCat
10-28-2007, 12:21 AM
Thanks for the pics. It's neat to see what other states are doing. Even though it's not what your used to.
It was of course, fun to be out, and there's still 2 more to do in that section, so its something to look foward to, it just lacks that familiarity of a northern boreal forest,so that's kinda strange. But its still a good work to do for others.

Steve M
10-28-2007, 08:36 AM
It was of course, fun to be out, and there's still 2 more to do in that section, so its something to look foward to, it just lacks that familiarity of a northern boreal forest,so that's kinda strange. But its still a good work to do for others.
I understand what you are saying, We go to the Smokies in Tenn. once or twice a year and we enjoy the mountains there but the Whites are where my heart is.

Charlie
10-28-2007, 01:06 PM
Hopefully this fixes it. Sorry!

http://fishercat.phanfare.com/album/461956#imageID=29947096

it works ,where in pa is this and where do you live .I'm down south in Lancaster co

FisherCat
10-28-2007, 06:55 PM
it works ,where in pa is this and where do you live .I'm down south in Lancaster co
This is a place called Nolde Forest. It is S-SW of Reading PA.

Charlie
10-28-2007, 07:19 PM
thats only 15 yo 20 min away from me

do you live close to reading ?

FisherCat
10-28-2007, 08:11 PM
thats only 15 yo 20 min away from me

do you live close to reading ?
west lawn, its S-SW of reading

stearnzie
10-28-2007, 08:54 PM
Live Free or Die!

I DO love that you're spreading the New Hampshire way...a much better looking, much more functional waterbar indeed!

...I might be a little biased, but NH truly is the greatest state in the country. We can only hope that as it gets more press (being voted the most livable state in the Union for two straight years), the tourists learn to respect the land and the people instead of just touring it.Nothing gets me quite as raspy as a broken bag of trash scattered across the Kank or the parkway...:mad:

Rich
10-28-2007, 09:32 PM
Live Free or Die!

I DO love that you're spreading the New Hampshire way...a much better looking, much more functional waterbar indeed!

I've seen them put in place with the bark still on. Always remove the bark as it will last twice as long.

FisherCat
10-28-2007, 09:52 PM
Live Free or Die!

I DO love that you're spreading the New Hampshire way...a much better looking, much more functional waterbar indeed!

...I might be a little biased, but NH truly is the greatest state in the country. We can only hope that as it gets more press (being voted the most livable state in the Union for two straight years), the tourists learn to respect the land and the people instead of just touring it.Nothing gets me quite as raspy as a broken bag of trash scattered across the Kank or the parkway...:mad:
I totally agree NH is the greatest!
You are not being biased, just realistic, truthful, and honest!:) There are others, I'm sure, who've lived in other states for a period of time(unfortunately) and would vouch for the fact that when it comes to hiking and trail maintenance, few states have it down like NH does. Sure, there is a lot of different organizations and red tape to deal with even in NH but the experience, attitude, and help of hundreds of volunteers like NH enjoys seperates it from others. Natives of NH,in my opinion and experience,take great pride in taking care of matters themselves, especially when it comes to their native soil. It is a unique relationship. The other 2 states I have had to live in and their interest groups spend more time arguing instead of getting stuff done. OK, that's human nature, you see it everywhere. But you can talk, or do.
The hope of spreading the NH way is that others can see how easily it can be done. NH tradition says do it right the first time, and taking care of the trail afterwards will be much easier. If people can see how much you enjoy the work you do than the pride is understandable and hopefully motivational. Of course, those of us from NH understand.:)
True, seeing trash drives me up a wall too. I'm happy to say that while doing our trips to maintain Osseo Trail along the Pemi this year we found less trash than last year.
LIVE FREE OR DIE

FisherCat
10-28-2007, 09:59 PM
I've seen them put in place with the bark still on. Always remove the bark as it will last twice as long.
Yea, most definitely. I got lucky with this one. It was a windfall that was still relatively new, but all the bark had fallen off. I believe it was, in part, due to its being suspended off the ground where it fell. I still had my drawshave with me just in case. Its an antique from an old trail maintainer given to me. Its not always easy finding a good log to use, I hauled this one quite aways and although I had my drawshave, I'd forgotten my pulp hook at home. Oh well, if someone had seen me with it anyway they would have thought it quite strange. Believe me mister man, try finding those tools down here. Thank goodness Labonville is on-line, pulp hook, cantdog or peavy, you might as well speak in gibberish down here. That way if I can't get my stuff when I'm up there I can get it delivered.

JimS
10-29-2007, 01:07 PM
Nice to see some renegade waterbar building...looks like a good build, and a great sign. Nice post!

stearnzie
10-29-2007, 09:14 PM
well Said, Fisher Cat -

I think that many of us feel like NH has a certain way about it, a sort of cooperative ownership that focuses on accomplishing the goal at hand...but I'd also share that there is emperical proof - NH's volunteer "rate" has increased in a big way since the 80s

http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/VIA/VIA_rankings_national.pdf

pretty cool...and we still have room for growth in this measurment!

I've only lived in NH, and I'll be damned if I've visited a state that I'd rather live in...okay, [I]maybe[I] Maine...a big maybe :D

FisherCat
10-29-2007, 10:32 PM
That's a great link stearnzie, very informative and definitely proves a point. No one takes care of NH like people from NH and I think that's the way we like it.
While I am not a member of the AMC I have to admit that in NH they provide enough insight and training (and the opportunity to do so) so that virtually anyone can be a volunteer trailworker and join the Adopt-a-Trail that they sponsor, plus they make it available to anyone, you don't have to join the AMC. That proves a point, that you can put politics and feelings aside for the greater issue, which is the state and trails of NH.
Believe me, such simplification for a greater cause is hard to find elsewhere.