Hike Distance: 6.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 707.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 925 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 84604 feet
Well, I’m back at Whipple Creek again, and making a clockwise loop around the park! I purchased a pair of ARS extendable shears, that can reach 3.5 feet in length. I really wanted to try them out and see how they work on branches and Ivy and the like. So far it appears that they’re quite amazing and very sharp. I saw YouTube video showing them cutting a three-quarter inch Branch with a pair of shears, which is quite impressive.
I’m walking along the southern boundary of the park and I hear what sounds like a tree coming down and I’m looking around and this 15-foot Branch just fell off this large maple tree and a small portion of it came onto the trail! To say the least it would have hurt but it’s really scary hearing something cracking and falling and wondering if it’s coming your way. The limb was about 20 feet away from me but I had really no idea of knowing if this was going to be a small tree coming at me or not. Just for the record it wasn’t any wind that brought this down. It was just rotted out where the branch met the tree.
I’m taking this as a good omen that I was down at the gazebo and cutting blackberries back and I thought a butterfly was going to land on me, but it wasn’t a butterfly, it was a hummingbird! It just went past me and fed on some of the flowers. It was literally inches from me, and so amazing!
Let me summarize the utility of the new shears I bought for maintaining the trail. These ARS extendable shears cut like a dream, and even thick branches. They’re great for cutting plants that are draped over the trail, even vine maples. However, they’re not what I would use for managing ivy, and my tests confirmed that! It was definitely was useful to take them out today as there was much to clear. They are also heavy, at about 2 pounds, and altered how I hike. I couldn’t use my hiking sticks since I needed one hand to carry the shears. A productive day, though!