Finished Turnpike Before Turnpike <p>Turnpike Under Construction</p> Completed Turnpike Hike Out of Otatsy

Lake Otatsy- How do you spell that again?

  • July 18, 2019
  • Posted by Brenna McGown

The MCC crew had a harder hike than expected up to Lake Otatsy - we had miscounted the number of mules packing us up and had to unwrap our 2 manis and backpack all of our gear up! It really made us appreciate the mules a bit more. They really are great co-workers. Also great co-workers are the Bob Marshal Wilderness Foundation crew and the Seeley Lake Ranger District trails crew. It was a crowded camp with all 12 of us there, but we were able to get a lot of work done. The main objective was to build turnpike that had burned in the Rice Ridge fire of 2017 and retread the trail so it would be passable for stock. It was our crew’s first time building turnpike, so it was a great learning experience for all of us. The certified fellers on our crew were all able to fell trees for the turnpikes. We were especially glad for all the hands working when we had to start hauling fill to put in the turnpikes. It turns out 100 feet of turnpike takes A LOT of dirt to fill up, and crown. To make bucket brigading (as we called ferrying the fill) more fun, we created a game of telephone. There were some hard riddles told, but we got them all eventually. Here’s one: a man rides in to town on Friday, stays three days, and leaves again on Friday. How did he do this? Hint: Think of the first part of my post for inspiration (: Overall we were able to build over half of the turnpike for the project- which means we get to go back next hitch and do it all over again! Got any good riddles? We will be sure to double count our mules this time, and maybe even bring them a few extra carrots.


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