Bowlin Camps Based Work Trip

June 21, 2011

 

FRONT:  Jude Eldridge, Bill Duffy, Earl Raymond, Walter Anderson, Dave Rand

BACK:    Jas Smith, Herb Hartmann

 

Bowlin Camps Based Work Trip:  Bowlin Camps, on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, was the base for a three-day, Maine Chapter, IAT/SIA work trip June 3, 4, 5, 2011.

 

Bill Duffy, Jude Eldridge, and Bill’s dog, Trip, checked the trail while hiking to the summit of Deasey, completed and marked the Warden Camp cut-off trail and spent two nights in the cab.

Deasey Summit

 

Dave Rand, Earl Raymond, and Jas Smith inspected and cleaned the Lunksoos campsite area, and trimmed brush on the trail. Dave’s scythe work was particularly impressive. Jas checked the trail to the summit of Lunksoos Mt.

 

The ATV ford at Little Hathorn Brook was improved (the dilapidated bridge has been completely removed); Grand Pith campsite cleaned, the fire ring grubbed; and the trail inspected as far as the junction with the Little Messer Pond Road.

 

Walter Anderson and Earl installed Don Hudson’s routed signs at Thoreau’s Checkerberry Tea site and Stair Falls and inspected the trail by vehicle from the Matagamon Road south as far as they could drive.

 

Walter provided food and cooked superbly. A wonderful turkey dinner was provided by Bowlin Camps Sunday evening. The entire crew departed Monday morning satisfied they had accomplished more than they had set out to do.



 

The Artist and the Mapmaker

by Jude Eldridge, IAT Poet Laureate

 

 

 

The sun was shining on the ridge,

 

      Shining with all his might:

 

He did his very best to make

 

      The trees all green and bright –

 

And this was odd, because it was

 

      The middle of the night.

 

 

 

The air was hot as hot could be,

 

      The culverts pulled - some dry.

 

You could not see the trail because

 

      The hobblebush was high.

 

No markers flying over head –

 

      There were no tags to spy.

 

 

 

The Artist and the Mapmaker

 

      Were hiking IAT

 

They wept like anything to see

 

      Such quantities of  tree.

 

‘If this were only cleared away,’

 

      They said, ’How grand t’would be!’

 

 

 

‘If seven guys with seven scythes

 

      Slashed for half a year,

 

Do you suppose,’ the Artist said,

 

      ‘That they could get it clear?’

 

‘I doubt it,’ said the Mapmaker,

 

      And shed a bitter tear.

 

 

 

‘O Blackflies, come and walk with us!’

 

      The Artist did beseech,

 

‘A pleasant walk – a pleasant talk,

 

      Among the ash and beech:

 

We cannot do with more than four

 

      To give a hand to each.’

 

 

 

Four thousand Blackflies hurried up,

 

      All eager for the treat:

 

Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,

 

      Their teeth were clean and neat –

 

And this was odd, because, you know,

 

      They hadn’t any teeth!

 

 

 

Four thousand Blackflies followed them,

 

      And yet another four,

 

And thick and fast they came at last,

 

      And more, and more, and more –

 

All flying through the mottled woods,

 

      And scrambling to the fore.

 

 

 

The Artist and the Mapmaker

 

      Walked on a mile or so,

 

And then they rested on a rock

 

      Conveniently low:

 

And all the little Blackflies stopped

 

      And waited in a row.

 

 

 

‘The time has come,’ the Artist said,

 

      ‘To talk of many things;

 

Of Earl – and Herb – Dave’s ATV –

 

      Of cabbages – and kings –

 

And why the snoring never stops –

 

      And what is it Walter sings?’

 

 

 

‘But wait a bit,’ the Blackflies cried,

 

      ‘Before we have our chat;

 

For some of us are out of breath,

 

      And all of us are fat!’

 

‘No hurry!’ said the Mapmaker,

 

      They thanked him much for that.

 

 

 

‘I weep for you,’ the Artist said:

 

      ‘I deeply sympathize.’

 

With sobs and tears she aimed her hand

 

      At those of largest size,

 

Holding fly-doped handkerchief

 

      Before her streaming eyes.

 

 

 

‘O Blackflies,’ said the Mapmaker,

 

      ‘You’ve had a pleasant run!

 

Shall we be trotting home again?’

 

      But answer came there none –

 

And this was scarcely odd, because

 

      They’d swatted every one.

 

 

 

 

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