It was part winter hike and part work trip. The primary purpose was to install some trail marker signs and to clear a couple blowdown trees that I had noted on my last trip a few weeks back.
For those of you anal about signs, here's the progression of work:
Info carved with Dremel tool into pressure-treated decking board
Next, painted Rustoleum brown
Letters painted white
Installed on sign post
Oh, the connection to Ultrarunning is obvious: trail construction and ongoing maintenance don't just happen. I obliviously ran for many years on trails all over the country without thinking too hard about their origins and ongoing existence. But over time awareness dawned and I began to think about how I could give back once I had more time. With retirement, I had no more excuses so I signed up with PATC and truly enjoy the volunteer work.