The shelter was fine, no issues there, so I turned my attention to weedwhacking the mile-long Reese Hollow Trail. It connects the ridge-top Tuscarora Trail with the shelter down off the ridge where hikers can camp overnight and have good water access.
Here's a shot I took:
[image credit Gary]
Imagine waist-high ferns...indeed, the entire area is a veritable sea of ferns...and the trail running smack dab through the middle. To keep the trail open I must destroy a ton of ferns. Sure, there are many tons of ferns there, but somehow it just doesn't feel right to wipe out even a single fern.
Another one of life's trade-offs, I guess.