Today was the day to do blazing. I had my bucket of red paint ready to go but the forestry guys decided we should use yellow. Luckily I had a half a can of yellow to get us going. It’s a messy job and it takes a lot of time to do. We are required to paint a 4″ circle 5′ off the ground using a brush and a template. I used old x-rays for the template and I eyeballed the 5′. Asa met Barbara and I at the trail this morning with his brush cutter and Matt showed up to help with the painting. We started on the new trail with Asa cutting and the rest of us painting. I think we were done with it by 11:30 and Asa did a quick ride on it. It still needs to be raked but he said it was a good ride. We broke for lunch and a quick dip in the creek. The dogs were hot and tired and thirsty and we were hungry.
Next we started painting the main loop with Barbara and Matt going left and me going right. Asa took his brush cutter and started at the other end. He used the brush cutter on half the loop and he was pretty worn out by the time he was done. I managed to get my side done without using all of my paint but I may need to go back and fill in some gaps. Barbara and Matt ran out about half way so the headed for the creek to cool off the dogs. I used my remaining paint to do some more on their trail but I didn’t get very far. Asa’s parents showed up with some watermelon and some boiled peanuts so we hung out at the creek for a while socializing. When we were ready to leave, I took the paint can and wiped it clean trying to finish off the loop but there wasn’t enough left. Woody said he could get me some more paint so I’ll have to go back next weekend and finish it up. A couple of signs and some maps will be next, maybe even a kiosk. We finished up about 5:30. So 7 hours for 4 people is 28 hours total.