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Santa, Elves Crash WTA Trail Work Parties

Posted by Loren Drummond at Dec 20, 2013 04:10 PM |
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At WTA, we're serious about trails. Rain or shine, our dedicated trail crews worked hard on 190 trails statewide this year. That is some serious trail work, but that doesn't mean we always have to be serious on trail. Case in point: our annual Santa work parties, when things tend to get a little more fun and festive than usual.

At WTA, we're serious about trails. Rain or shine, you can find our dedicated trail crews working hard on new trails, fixing old trails, building bridges and shoring up switchbacks. This year, we fielded more than 105,000 hours of volunteer work on 190 trails statewide. That is some serious trail work.

But just because we mean business when it comes to protecting and maintaining Washington's trails, that doesn't mean we always have to be serious on trail. Case in point: our annual Santa work parties, when things tend to get a little more fun and festive than usual.

This year on the Grand Ridge trail near Issaquah, Gear Aid played the role of elf and provided our volunteers with some extra goodies to help their outdoor gear in tip top shape all year long. And up at the Rock Trail in Larrabee State Park, Santa cheered on volunteers through a rainy day to a party complete with cider and pie.

While we can't promise banjo-led carols and sparkly lights on all our work parties, if you've ever thought about signing up to volunteer on trail or becoming a member who supports our work on trail, we'll do our best to make sure that you have fun.

Hard hats for safety, lights for fun

Pack and hard hats decked out in lights
A pack decked out in holiday lights. Photos by WTA's volunteer coordinator, Julie Cassata

The big man says a few words

Santa Tool Talk
Northwest Regional Manager Arlen Bogaards looks on while Santa gives a few tips on proper use of tools at Larrabee State Park. Photo by Jon Nishimura.

Santa points the way to the work

Work Party Ahead and Santa
Santa points the way to the work site. Photo by Julie Cassata.

Packing in the essential tools (and Santa)

Packing Santa in
Dedicated volunteer Jon Nishimura plays the part of reindeer, hauling Santa into the work site. Photo by Julie Cassata.

Hitching a ride

Santa and a rock net
Supervising is hard work! Volunteers John and Frank give Santa a lift (along with some rocks) at Larrabee State Park. Photo by Jon Nishimura.

A merry band led by a banjo

Carols post-work party
Pete Dewell on banjo and Craig Jackson on harmonica led the sing-along caroling post-work party. WTA Executive Director Karen Daubert (right front) sang out loud for all to hear while Jon Nishimura as Rudolph looked on approvingly. Photo by Julie Cassata.

Goodies from the elves at GearAid

Gifts for Great volunteers from GearAid
GearAid (McNett) provided some stocking stuffers for our volunteers, to help keep their gear going all year long. Photo by Julie Cassata.

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