Sunshine, glorious sunshine - a whole week of it! I remember writing a few weeks ago about my excitement over working with the windows open. This week, keeping the windows open at work became a necessity! Most afternoons, we even had to close the windows and switch on the air conditioning. It's been like a little taste of summer in Seattle!
Over the weekend, Andy and I headed to Vashon Island to participate in our first WTA work party. Since the Shinglemill Creek trail we were working on was under King County Parks jurisdiction, we had access to a nearby Parks Department field and warehouse to camp out in Saturday Night. After a lazy Saturday morning, we headed to the island. Luckily, earlier that morning, I had remembered that the cidery that makes my favorite hard cider is on Vashon, so before heading to the camp area, we made a stop at Dragon's Head Cider. They were super friendly and all five of the ciders they had in their tasting flight were as delicious as the Pippin Cider I love. Seeing their display of small batch experimental ciders was especially interesting. After our tasting, we each had a glass of cider and drank in the sun.
After getting to the warehouse and setting up our tent, we joined the volunteer crew for a potluck dinner. After chatting for several hours around a glorious campfire, we all crawled into our tents early so we'd be ready to rise with the sun for a day of hard trail work. The trail work itself was all sorts of fun. I spent most of the morning trimming back salmonberry and pulling up as many nettles as I could, then in the afternoon, I joined a crew digging up ferns to cut a new loop off the main trail. It was incredible seeing the drastic transformation a few of us could make in three hours.