I just got back from National Trails Day and it was a blast! We managed to pick up an entire dumpster worth of garbage and hauled it out to the parking lot. It was amazing how much stuff we were able to pull out.
The dump site we cleaned up was located a good mile or so inside the green belt so it took a lot of lifting and dragging to get the bags out. Luckily, there were about 25 members in our group and we worked as a team to relay the garbage bags along the trails.
We came across one snake amongst the garbage but luckily it was not poisonous. A few volunteers also spotted a scorpion hanging out near the garbage.
Other than that, the clean up went really well. We managed to complete it in about 3 hours which was pretty good timing.
The After Party
Besides having fun picking up garbage, we were also treated to an after party that turned out to be pretty cool. The food was catered in from The Salt Lick and best part of all…they had two kegs of beer! And not the shitty kind like Bud Light, instead they had an Ale beer from a brewer here in Austin. Very cool.
They also had a live band playing music for a few hours and a few places including REI had some tents set up with drawings and giveaways.
Along with the after party, every volunteer also got a free pass to Barton Springs Pool. I’ve been by the pool twice now but have never actually gone inside.
Here is a picture of what it looks like inside:
I plan on doing a more in depth post about Barton Springs Pool in the near future since I have a few pictures and the place is awesome. I’ve never swam in a creek/natural pool with a diving board before.
It turned out to be an awesome day of helping out and having a blast. I hope to do a lot more events like this in the future.