If there is one thing we can say about this weekends visit, it’s that we’ve found the new standard for community involvement! We were blown away by the commitment and efforts we saw a small community put into making a Trails event happen!
Port Gamble is a small town on the Kitsap Peninsula, but boy do they have a big heart and some dedicated people! We presented both Better Living Through Trails and Trail Building School to captive audiences! Then, with 45 volunteers, we hit the trails at Port Gamble and built 600 feet of new trail to re-route some problem areas. We also completely re-vegetated the 600 feet of trail that we closed down! This group worked hard and they worked together to make this trail their own, taking extra care to transplant trees and ferns that were being removed from the new bench cut trail.
Since it was National Trails Day, after the workday, we all headed over to the Slippery Pig Brewery to party down with friends and family of Ride Kitsap, North Kitsap Trails Association and Peninsula Subaru. The following day, after everyone wore themselves out working and socializing, we hit the trails for a 20+ person group ride!
This was an amazing weekend and it was made possible by equally amazing people. We would like to say thank you to Brian Kilpatrick and Mark and Lynn Schorn for being wonderful hosts this weekend. We know how much time and effort goes into planning an event, but you guys truly went above and beyond this weekend!
There were so many people working hard to make this weekend possible, we can’t thank you enough. Thank you everyone who contributed to set up and tear down of the events and to all the volunteers who came out and spent time with us over the weekend! There is a great sense of community in Port Gamble, and it was very apparent through the actions of so many people we met over just 3 days. Also, a huge thank you to Peninsula Subaru for helping Ride Kitsap and North Kitsap Trails Association by donating time and money to help make this Trail Care Crew weekend a special one for everyone.