Vail Daily letter: Blazing a trail
Vail, CO Colorado
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the job at hand was a major one, and the turnout was fantastic. On Satur-day at 8:30 in the morning, 63 vol-unteers along with a U.S. Forest Service trail crew converged on the hillside south of the golf course in Eagle-Vail on what will shortly become the Eagle-Vail Trail.
Surprisingly, of the volunteers, not everyone was a neighbor-hood resident. There were peo-ple from the Arrowhead Moun-tain Club, a contingent from the Trail Action Group and residents of Edwards, Avon, Vail and even the Eagle County Detention Cen-ter – yes, a group of nine work-release inmates and two sheriff’s deputies came out to chip away at the dirt – all with one goal in mind: to make the long-awaited Eagle-Vail Trail a reality.
On behalf of the Eagle-Vail trail crew, the Eagle-Vail Property Owners Association and the Eagle-Vail Metropolitan District, I would like to offer a sincere thank-you to everyone who came out and helped us. Your effort was huge and is truly appreciated.
Now that the backs are no longer aching and the blisters are beginning to heal, with six-tenths of a mile done and 1.4 miles to go, the trail crew has arranged a sec-ond volunteer morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 3. There will be a free barbecue lunch and beverages served afterward. If you are a member of a local community service, Boy Scouts or a volunteer group; a mountain biker who rides Paulie’s; a runner, hiker or snow-shoer; or an Eagle-Vail resident, please consider joining your friends and neighbors on Oct. 3 to help complete the trail before the snow flies.
Once again, to everyone who contributed some “sweat equity” to this project, thank you!
– Paul Hields and the Eagle-Vail trail crew