At last it is Step 9 Construction. We don't have to listen to Tom Daniel talking about the first 8 steps. 80% of the process to make a new section of the Florida Trail is done. Now we can do any and all of the following things. They took at least 10 work days. The official trail opening day is June 7, 2014. See the hike meetup page at meetup.com/Florida-Trail-Choctawhatchee-Chapter/events/174370952/
Saw by hand.
Saw with chainsaw.
Grub with the Pullerbear.
Grub with Pulaski axe or mattock.
Learn about the treadway, which has to have everything out by the roots vs the two outer feet on either side of the tread way in the six foot corridor, where pines can be cut to surface, and intruding branches lopped off.
Lopping goes up eight feet overhead. pull cut vegetation far from the trail
Put the cut ends away from view so it looked like it just happened from natural causes.
Identify Longleaf pines.
Take a break in the woods.
Pose for group photos at the end of the work day.
Wear Choctawhatchee chapter gear.
Meet volunteers from other neighboring chapters and the volunteer coordinator.
Wear hard hats.
Blaze with a paintbrush.
Blaze with Blaze Master kit.
Put up signs.
Fill in holes.
Remove flags and pins.
Learn what PPE stands for (Personal Protection Equipment).
Pull vines, and get ripped by briars.
Watch out for snakes.
Love inchworms and 1/8" worms.
Taste roots of palmetto that someone says are edible.
Bring home Yaupon to dry for tea.
Trip stumble and fall and get right up again.
Get an Eglin permit from Jackson Guard.
If at the f-troop weekend, camp out at Rocky Bayou State Park.
Wait for the rain to let up.
Brown out the old trail blazes when ready to connect to the new.
Mow before the opening.
Post to FTA website for thru-hikers that the trail is open.
Trail is done.
This work was part of the FTA 331 Trail Expansion This video is non-commercial and for educational purposes.