Temps in the mid-60's, intermittent rain.
While mountain biking in the park earlier this week, I spotted some discarded bottles on a trail I don't visit often when I conduct Adopt A Park operations. I chose to return to this trail on foot to pick up the trash.
I made my way from the parking lot to the south end of the reservoir, up to the Halfway House, to the Castle, then down the aforementioned trail.
First thing I spied uh, almost stepped on, was this tiny little buddy:
After he escaped the giant size 10 Vasque Shadow of Death, I encountered several other of his family, who all lived to tell the tale of the Eclipse on a Cloudy Day.
Further down the trail, nowhere near a tennis court or a dog park, I found this:
I can't explain this stuff; just report on it.
In my 30 Sep 12 report I alluded to a "special project" I was working on in Hubbard Park, but I was not specific. The details are/were: some mountain bikers had taken it upon themselves to construct a ramp on one of the trails in the far reaches of the park. Think "Evel Kneivel" catch air type of ramp and you'll get the idea. Certain subcultures of mountain bikers are taken to this kind of freeriding. Problem is, they're constructing these features on park property. They defile the natural beauty of the trails and turn the parks into their own little freeride courses. It's also a liability issue, no doubt.
While I'd previously reported on discovering renegade trails being constructed in the park and making the effort to dismantle them, this ramp was the first feature I'd encountered. On 30 Sep 13 I dismantled the ramp.
This ramp was on the trail of today's route. When I stopped to inspect my "work" I found this calling card:
I was told that the individuals who built this ramp stopped in to a local bike shop recently and told the staff they "had permission" to build this. I learned this directly from the staffperson they spoke to.
I find their claim highly dubious. I will continue to try to contact this person throughout the week and see how it goes.
I don't believe Hubbard Park should be turned into a mountain bike freeride park and I'll continue to disrupt any similar activities.
While on this trail, in the middle of "Peace and Quiet Nowhere" I could hear the sound of a fire truck's siren as if it were heading to the Castle. As I emerged from the trail onto the road at the north end of Merimere Reservoir, I saw the fire truck, and an ambulance, stopped just shy of the north end. I could also see a crew of young people fishing off the bridge:
The firemen politely read the fishermen (and woman) the Riot Act, explaining to them it was cheaper to leave than to wait for the FD to call and have the PD arrive. The firemen were REALLY cool to me; they thanked me for my work and even offered me cold bottles of water. I did not take them up on that offer, but I turned around and asked them to take my first bag of garbage, so it wouldn't be an eyesore on the road. They eagerly did so. Thanks to the Meriden Fire Department!
By the way, the firemen were responding to a call of a woman who was walking on the road around Merimere Reservoir, tripped and fell, and injured her ankle. During her fall her cellphone flew out of her hand so far she couldn't even crawl to reach it. PUSSY! (Just kidding.) Passersby called for help.
I opened another bag and took the road back to the park, picking up trash on both sides as I went. Along the way, I found a hospital bracelet:
I encountered more people fishing at the south end of Merimere Reservoir as well. I wonder why so many people think fishing in the reservoir is okay?
Back at the park, as I was photographing my bag of trash for the week, I encountered a man with a little boy. The man was picking up little bits of trash WITHIN THE PARK and bagging them. He says he does this every time he visits Hubbard Park and he's trying to teach his son to do the same. This guy's a hero in my book.
And finally, my second bag of trash: