Given how much we hike on Kansas trails (and how much we complain when they’re overgrown) we decided to pay our dues with some trail maintenance. We met the Kansas City Sierra Club this Saturday at Perry Lake. The group of 16 made some pretty good progress on clearing away overgrown vegetation, repairing an old bridge, and re-routing a section that was getting dangerously close to a steep drop-off. It was nice to see the progress we made in such a small time. Swinging a hatchet furiously at things is a good way to de-stress while helping out your fellow hikers.
On Sunday we led a group of 9 members of Prairie Fire along with 5 dogs on the 8-mile Eagle Ridge Trail at Milford Lake State Park. The trail meanders around several meadows and fallow crop fields while skirting on the edge of Milford Lake, the largest lake in Kansas. After the hike we went to Bella’s Italian restaurant in Junction City before heading home.