We’ve spent the last day and a half on a short, 1 mile viewpoint trail called South Caddywhomper Way. It’s an old logging road that leads to the second highest point in the park. It’s a steep climb and would be a really pretty hike, if you didn’t have to bushwhack your way through the Scotch Broom that has taken over…. For those of you not familiar with Scotch Broom it’s incredibly invasive and difficult to get rid of, like a cockroach it’s almost impossible to kill off! But, it’s a really pretty plant, which is part of the problem and one of the reasons it ended up here in the first place. It’s great for erosion control, but it takes over everything. For your reading pleasure—>http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/controlling-scotch-broom/index.html (I like their theory about it being “bubble wrap”)
We’re just gong through and cutting plants down right now but it’s having a huge impact on the trail. With the plants blocking the trail you can’t see who or what is ahead of you or behind you, so a biker going down the hill could turn a corner and run into (or surprise) a horse, not a good scenario. After one more day of work this trail should be ready for the enjoyment of hikers, bikers and equestrians (it’s open now but little used because no one wants to bushwhack…).
After a day of cutting and my daily run we finally gave into our craving and drove out to the Banks Cafe for a Grilled Ham and Cheese. We earned it and it was so, so, so good! The best grilled ham and cheese ever and a great way to end the work week!