Perfect weather, minimal bugs, and a fantastic crew, made for quick work as the bridge over Sailor Creek rose from the mud like a lotus. The squelching of boots through curmudgeonly swamp accompanied the din of hammers, saws, and drills, as 20 volunteers came together to complete the 178-foot-long Forest Service structure. In just over three days, the Jerry Lake Project totaled over 500 service hours! “Big Spider Bridge” will allow for the safe crossing of Sailor Creek for the next half century.
In addition to the bridge, a quick-thinking ancillary team rebuilt the puncheon on the northern approach, which could have been a project in itself. Two straight pines were felled for the girders, hauled by a team of ten, and then covered with repurposed deck boards to create a bespoke boardwalk. All of this was accomplished while the muck conspired to steal their boots.
To everyone who helped make this event a success, a special thanks to:
- New Vision Wilderness for lending a few extra helping hands (and paws).
- New Glarus Brewing Company’s Only in Wisconsin Giving, Inc. Charitable Foundation which supports projects dedicated to improving water protection and quality in Wisconsin.
- Ann Dassow, Patrick Hampston, and the US Forest Service for the funding and design of this project, for all of the predrilling and delivery of our construction materials, and for providing accommodations over the project’s duration.
500 Volunteer Hours
Generous Sponsors of the 2021 Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Season include: