The Only Constant in Life Is Change.” -Heraclitus
Fall is a time of transition for the MTF crew. As the temps drop, the leaves turn and we get our first taste of winter, there is some urgency in the air.
This past week the team scrambled to pull our machines off the mountain ahead of the first snowfall. While the Charlie’s 9K to Mid Mountain and Mother Urban trails were not finished this year, we are super happy with the work we have completed thus far, and have put ourselves in a great position to finish both, as soon as the snow recedes next summer.
As the snow began to fly above 9,000 feet late yesterday (Monday), the team was high on a peak above Bonanza, laying out a new trail that will connect Bonanza Flat to the WOW trail, scheduled for next season. At the same time, Chase was installing the last few PVC markers in Bonanza, in preparation for the upcoming XC ski season, just around the corner.
Historically, October has been the month that we say “so long” to our seasonal staff, as they take much-needed break before moving on to their winter gigs. Our seasonal trail crew members have long been the heart and soul of our organization. They are the “boots on the ground” during the summer months, and they represent everything that is great about our mission.
Last week we said so long to two of our best- Tim McChesney and Jon Huyck. They have been with MTF for the past 3 seasons and have played a huge role in completing major projects including the Lake Lackawaxen trail, Charlie’s 9K, the Big Easy, Milky Way at SkyRidge, and the yet to be finished Mother Urban and Charlie’s 9K to Mid Mountain trails, to name just a few.
We’re going to remain optimistic that they both return for a 4th season, but if not, it has been a great run and we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors. Tim and Jon, thanks for the huge effort. You guys rock!
Have a great fall y’all!
Rick, Field Manager