Florida Trail: CRS N Work Day 11-13-2016 from Caroling Wholeo

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Florida Trail: CRS N Work Day 11-13-2016

The Choctawhatchee River Section (CRS) of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST) is nearing completion. Florida Trail Association (FTA) volunteers have worked on it for eight years. On November 13, 2016 three teams started out at Pine Log State Forest in the morning. I went to the north end of the section at Hwy 81. We lopped, installed posts and blazed parts of the section. See also the Mud Buddy Bridge.

Sand Pond in Pine Log State Forest Sand Pond in Pine Log State Forest

Orange blaze marking the Florida National Scenic Trail in Pine Log State Forest Orange blaze marking the Florida Trail in Pine Log SF

Marsha and John Hooten with Tim Crews announcing events of the day Marsha and John Hooten with Tim Crews announcing events of the day

Tom, JP, Mary, Anne, and Wallis Tom, JP, Mary, Anne, and Wallis

John, Tim, and Nick John, Tim, and Nick

Bruce Varner and Paul Mayo Bruce Varner and Paul Mayo

Anne Daniel Anne Daniel

Bruce Varner taking out camping gear since it is the last work day Bruce Varner taking out camping gear since it is the last work day

Looking east at the work site on Hwy 81 from the FNST entry on the west side Looking east at the work site on Hwy 81 from the FNST entry on the west side

Larry, JP, Tom, and Nick unloading posts Larry, JP, Tom, and Nick unloading posts

BlazeMaster: getting ready to refresh old and paint new blazes on the trail BlazeMaster: getting ready to refresh old and paint new blazes on the trail

Getting a feel for the paint sponge Wallis Mayo is holding Getting a feel for the paint sponge Wallis Mayo is holding

Mary Walton ready to help clear the trail for the blaze painters Mary Walton ready to help clear the trail for the blaze painters

Rough scales on a young pine tree (not a longleaf pine) Rough scales on a young pine tree (not a Longleaf pine)

Orderly smaller scales on a young longleaf pine tree, according to Mary Orderly smaller scales on a young Longleaf pine tree, according to Mary

My favorite photo on the 11-13 work day is Mary admiring a young longleaf pine, amidst many of them My favorite photo on the 11-13 work day is Mary admiring a young Longleaf pine, amidst many of them

Longleaf pine close to the trail Longleaf pine close to the trail

Sweet gum tree fall colors Sweet gum tree fall colors

Anne Daniel is scraping the worn blazes so Wallis Mayo can refresh them with new orange paint Anne Daniel is scraping the worn blazes so Wallis Mayo can refresh them with new orange paint

Mary clears debris for Wallis to access the tree Mary clears debris for Wallis to access the tree

old weathered scraped blaze Old weathered scraped blaze

Wallis checks line of signt to previous blaze to verify visibility and placement Wallis checks line of sight to previous blaze to verify visibility and placement

Wallis about to touch up a blaze Wallis about to touch up a blaze

Anne works ahead of Wallis to prepare the blaze for renewal Anne works ahead of Wallis to prepare the blaze for renewal

Anne with a scraper in each hand Anne with a scraper in each hand

I walk the line I walk the line

Off center stump Off center stump

Logs used for posts to hold blazes where there are no trees Logs used for posts to hold blazes where there are no trees. They are using "fat lighters", which are Longleaf pine trees that have been hit by lightning, fusing the sap into extremely hard, durable, and insect-resistant cores.

Side view of the log on its way to a post hole Side view of the log on its way to a post hole

JP through the longleaf pine gate JP through the Longleaf pine gate

Log and post hole digger ready for action Log and post hole digger tools ready for action

JP Husted removing roots from the post hole JP Husted removing roots from the post hole

Post hole digger Post hole digging

Nick takes a turn with the post hole digger Nick takes a turn with the post hole digger

Lopping tool Lopping tool

The "real" Karl The REAL Karl

Post hole in progress Post hole in progress

Finished hole comes up to the line on the handle of the digger Finished hole comes up to the line on the handle of the digger

Filling dirt back in around the base of the installed post Filling dirt back in around the base of the installed post

Tamping the dirt down Tamping dirt down

Back through the longleaf pine gate Back through the Longleaf pine gate

This view of the Florida National Scenic Trail is from NW Florida, the panhandle. Specifically the trail section will stretch from SR 81 at Seven Runs to SR 20 west of the Choctawhatchee River. See this Google map. Back to Choctawhatchee River Section.

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