I spent the morning with a group from the Sierra Club clearing the Eddy-Ballentine trail. 2 of us mowed from the south trail head up through the Blue River Glade and down to the north trail head while everyone else trimmed and lopped the south loop.
Participating in the action were William Eddy and Richard Ballentine, authors of Hiking Kansas City, and the people in whose honor this trail is named. That book got me started as a hiker so it was an honor to cut down weeds with them.
After doing the glade I went around the south loop to trim a few brushy areas. When I got back everyone was gone, and I had missed my chance to get my book autographed. Oh well, maybe next year.
I spent a bit of the afternoon cutting grass along the Blue River Parkway trails – the southern end of Wagon Trail and Horse Trail.
After that I was off to Jess and Jim’s for a well-deserved bacon cheeseburger.