My alarm roused me early this past Saturday. I typically prefer the snooze button followed by several strong cups of coffee, but not on this brisk morning. My friend and her two young daughters were picking me up for Forest Park Conservancy’s Spring Day of Stewardship—a workout in nature’s gym was my destination.
My friend was a crew leader and her daughters and I were assigned to the raking group. We were the designated “rakers”—our mission was clearing leaves off the trail. Why rake the forest, you may be asking? After Portland’s wintery weather, leaves and other debris have overtaken the trails which can lead to erosion and trail damage if not properly managed.
A team of nearly 100 strong at four sites throughout the park raked leaves, pulled ivy, and planted trees to enhance the natural beauty and health of Forest Park. My group swapped trail tales, offered running shoe recommendations, and reflected on our urban luck of having over 80 miles of trails in our backyard. The sun even checked in on us occasionally. [Continue Reading]