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    I couldn’t make it over any of the wooden bridges on my mountain bike today without dismounting.

    There is currently sporadic snow patches in the area that we are cleaning but there’s plenty of exposed trash to get if the snow is not gone by tomorrow.

    For those signed up, several folks told me today that they’ll still come out on Monday despite the forecast. I’m going to send an e-mail out this evening with additional info.

    If there’s a need to reschedule I will send an e-mail tomorrow night.

    Also in good news: the NPS bathrooms have reopened and also are heated!


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    Here’s the latest note to MLK trail cleanup participants:



    You may have noticed that the forecast for Monday is calling for weather in the mid-20s and windy, but also sunny. I'm continuing to monitor the forecast, but the event is still on. Should we need to reschedule, I'll send a notification through e-mail.

    A few important items:

    1. The plan is still to meet by the bathroom in Belle Haven Park. Look for the purple Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail yard sign. I'll provide trash grabbers, bags and work gloves (if you can fit them over your winter gloves)

    2. Great news: Despite the shutdown the bathroom at Belle Haven Park has been reopened. It's heated in case you need to warm up.

    3. A wonderful volunteer has offered to bring some hot coffee to help keep you warm.

    4. The cleanup is land based and mostly in dormant vegetation and wood chips that have washed ashore. Sturdy, water resistant shoes like hiking boots are recommended as the ground may retain some moisture from tomorrow's rain. A change of socks is advisable in the event your feet get wet.

    5. Dress for the cold and wear lots of layers. You can always peel a layer off.

    6. Your safety takes priority. If you need to warm up in the bathroom or leave early because of the cold, please do. This is a no frostbite event.

    7. If you're coming by bike, there's a wheel stand type of rack that has loops to lock to. Remember to bring some dry/extra layers since you'll be generating less heat during the cleanup.

    The forecasted cold weather reminds me of the words of Thomas Paine written at Valley Forge as George Washington wintered the Continental Army. "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

    I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday and earning the love and thanks of users of the Mount Vernon Trail.

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