Trail Maintenance on the Buster
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sunday October 16 we went on a trail maintenance excursion. We crossed the
Nome River at Dexter, and immediately started working on the trail the
The red dots on the Buster trail is where we did maintenance. We did not go
all that far from Dexter, but we had a lot of fun.
Participating were Keith Andrews (cameraman), Ken Shapiro, Derrick Leedy
and Ramon Gandia (author).
This USGS map was produced by a "gtopo", a Linux software program by
Tom Trebisky. The map itself was further edited with "gimp" (like
Photoshop for Linux) which sized it, cropped it, added text and dots.
All pictures are
Copyright © 2011, Keith Andrews and used with permission.
Kenny Shapiro is in fine form doing Public Works with a pick and
This particular place had a steep step, and it was not possible to
climb out of the creek without the risk of injury.
Here Dr. Derrick Leedy, the Nome Veterinarian and accomplished 4-wheeler and
snowmachine man, chats with Ramon.
Buster Creek was diverted by an irresponsible miner, Dan Martinson, who
never repaired the damage he caused. The creek then flowed right down
the road and excavated it out.
Ramon in his Honda 350 Rancher climbs out over the ramp that Kenny
formed. Sydney, his German Shepherd hangs on like a spider.
Pretty stable, having four legs.
The cameraman stands where the creek used to be. Dan had a piece of equipment
stuck, and he dug it all out, piling the dirt behind me (left in picture).
This opened up the water from the Beaver pond which flowed down the road.
He then went down the road with his bulldozer, pushing mud, gravel and willows
out of the way, completely ruining the road.
This picture is taken now from Osborn creek area, and shows the trail
coming down the hill.
This miner's cabin went up in the early 1900's. They weren't good carpenters,
and built quick and cheap.
In this case, the lack of diagonal planking proved fatal to the cabin. It
starts getting distorted and skewed by the winds, time and frost, and
Judging by the cot frame and the wood stove, this cabin was used last in
Arriving at the banks of Osborne Creek, or more exactly, Manita Creek,
Kenny surveys how to get through those willows. The creek had eroded
the side of the trail, and there was not enough to safely travel it.
We had to make a bypass.
Ramon cuts willows with the Swedish Sandvik lopers.
Oh, Lonesome Trails! Here two of us are returning back to Nome.
Look carefully. The machine in the lead is Ramon, and the dog is
riding in back.