I am happy to announce that my girl was awarded the coveted Golden McLeod for being the best female trail builder on the Jefferson County Open Space Trail Stewardship Team. It is a pretty big deal.
This year they had two trail offs for the girls. One was on a regular day, and another was on a day where it was all mud from a night and day of raining. In fact, they did the trail off in the rain. Those who were competing got soaked to the bone.
Last year Ellie was the best female crew member, but she missed the picnic to go to North Carolina, so we was not eligible for an award. However, she set her sights on that honor and worked hard to earn it all season. There are three awards: the Golden McLeod, The Silver Pic and the Bronze Shovel. (Ethan won the Bronze Shovel one year.)
They were transported to the parks in school buses and then they hiked in to the work location. Everyone had to carry their personal gear and the tools they needed. Some of the tools would weigh up to 60 pounds.
This is the last year that she can be on the crews; next year she could apply to be a crew leader. She loves building trail, so I would not be surprised if she did that job for the season.