We had a very successful morning at Jones Creek on Saturday, June 18. Over 40 people participated as we continued to restore the stream structures at Jones.
The day started when 10 Gold Rush members meet for breakfast at the Wagon Wheel as we prepared for the day ahead. After a tasty breakfast that would terrify any cardiologist, we headed up the hill. After an hour of winding along Forest Service roads, we arrived at the creek. Four more of our Chapter met us there, for a total of 14 Gold Rushers. Other volunteers included members from Cohutta, Upper Chattahoochee, Tailwaters, Blue Ridge, and Middle Georgia Chapters. Of special note is that Middle Georgia brought 10 folks from the Macon area. We also had two young men from Murfreesboro, Tennessee help out.
After Jim Wentworth gave everybody a safety briefing and the plan for the day, we all went to work. Most of us carried and moved rocks as we filled in stream cribs that had been washed out over the years by high water. Brock and Win had other things to do, as they were responsible for preparing lunch. They were busy as they erected two canopies, tied up the Chapter banners, and readied the mess area. Sure enough, by noon they had prepared a delicious lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, and cookies for dessert.
At the end of the day, we all left with full tummies, knowing we had made Jones Creek a better place. I know I had a great time.
I want to thank every body who participated. You did a great job! Thanks also to John Simmons who captured the event on tape and in photographs. A special thanks also goes out to Ralph Ripley, our conservation chairman, who set all this up.
Mike Thornton – President