I'm older, bigger, and stiffer than I was last time, so even though I was practically born on skates and always found it easy, I don't now. I need some kind of practice. Maybe after my second dose I'll hit the skating rink sometime so there's at least a wall to hang on to. I also thought it might be smart to bring trekking poles along for something to hang onto. After all, that's my favorite use for them in actual hiking: something to hang onto when there's nothing, such as when crossing a stream by stepping from rock to rock.
Rain is one of two reasons I'd been avoiding Japanese Gulch since the fall. Normally rain's not a dealbreaker there because I can go up via the railroad tracks and the gravel part next to them, but a while back they started tearing that up and piles of railroad ties made me wonder if they were rebuilding the tracks. Since I wasn't heading to Langus today, I figured I may as well go see.
Strangely, when I got there, the tracks looked pretty much like they did before. The gravel next to them was put back in place, but the ties were nowhere in sight and not installed below any tracks. Did they bury them to reinforce the gravel hill? No clue. But the cool thing is that they put gravel down on the lowest trail up the center, which would always get very muddy in wet weather. It was really cool to be able to walk down that without worrying about possibly having to turn back because of ankle-deep mud and running water.
I also saw a spot where someone's building a new bridge from the center to one of the side trails over a perpetually-muddy spot. And then I got pretty confused after spotting a bridge that's always been there on what I always figured was a mostly-abandoned trail. The time I crossed it, a board cracked and I fell through, but I didn't see any broken boards. Did someone fix it? Why would they? Maybe it's not as abandoned as I thought.
The center having new gravel is also a little confusing, because it's not officially part of the park. Maybe it's getting bigger? I can't find any info suggesting that.
It's been a very busy month and I'm now two weeks late with my zine. So maybe in two weeks I'll have it ready and just skip a month. Thankfully I never said it was monthly and there are just issue numbers anyway. It's got a pretty small readership so no need to panic.