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The last work party at this location cleared an overgrown trail from the Maples area of Indian Well park up to Route 110. A short stretch at the end involved a steep incline, which we temporarily attacked by cutting small footholds into the side of the slope. We returned today to improve the climb by adding more permanent steps, thanks in part to the work of Kelly Walsh, who lugged a bunch of (heavy) discarded columns of perfect size for stairs, as well as a load of nice flat rocks, to the work site. Word to the wise...don't arm wrestle Kelly!
This is what the slope looked like prior to a complete cosmetic overhaul.
Terrance Gallagher, our designated mason, shores up the edges of our staircase, working tirelessly in spite of being hampered by a Spring cold.
Luis Isaza and Jim Taradine set another step in place. Not pictured is Dominic Fabozzi, stairmaster extraordinaire, who we can blame if the steps are not to spec.
Ryan Gallagher clears last Fall's leaves from the stone wall at the top of the trail. The wall, built in the 30's by the WPA, sits atop a ledge that affords a nice view of the woods below. Ryan seems to be recreating a windy Autumn day.
The finished product, hopefully providing an easier, and safer, passage on the Paugussett extension.
Rebar pins were finally added to hold the stairs in place. Pretty neat, huh?