Friday, August 29, 2014

Road Construction Update

Labor Day Weekend - No construction on Saturday, August 29 through Monday, September 1.

The road is still a construction zone with 23 gravel patches, bumps, abrupt edges and steel plates along the 7 miles to Longmire.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The bright sunshine streaming through the forest temporarily decreases visibility at blind curves. Thus, changing lanes to avoid gravel, speeding and passing other vehicles are dangerous choices. Be safe.

August 29 to September 5

Road construction is scheduled for Tuesday September 2 to Friday September 5, from 8:15 am to 6:00 pm. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay, including multiple short stops along the seven mile road.

• Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Road (the one-way road from Paradise to Stevens Canyon Road) close for the season on September 2 for repair.

• Expect minor delays uphill of Longmire on the way to Paradise. Long loads will be in transit. Flaggers will be stationed as needed.

• Small patches of pavement milling and repair continues between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire.

• Culvert work is ongoing at the juntion with Westside Road. Masonry details continue on historic culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings).

• The temporary barriers at Kautz and Tahoma Creeks will be removed.

• Final paving begins mid-September, exact date to be determined.

Roving Roving Roving Keep the Meadow Rovers Roving



Can you believe that summer is almost over?  Nights are much cooler here on the
Mountain.  There is a crispness to the air each morning as I begin to walk the trails.  However, meadow roving does not end with the Labor Day weekend.  We will continue roving until the snow sets in or mid-October...whichever comes first!  So come up and enjoy the changing seasons.  Pick some huckleberries along with the bears – they will share!

If you are wishing to camp at Longmire, please make those reservations through my e-mail (Maureen_McLean@nps.gov) or mora_meadow_rovers@nps.gov.   The meadow rover e-mail gets checked by others on my off days and may get a faster response!
Please do not call the Campground Host directly as she needs to receive the requests from the supervisors.

As I begin to write my end of season report, I would like to share your input with the Park Supervisors.  I would ask that you take some time to think about what went well roving, what issues you may have had, and what areas management needs to address.  We have definitely seen deterioration of some areas at Paradise and are looking for ideas to ameliorate the problem. Your ideas for improvements will be passed on to those making planning and resource decisions over the winter for next summer.  Please give me the good and the bad. If you have pictures you wish to share, send those too.

I am wishing you a glorious fall with a long a wonderful “Indian Summer”.

Maureen McLean
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers
360-569-6582

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Meadow Rovers and First Responders

I received this report Sunday from Meadow Rover Ed Hunds. It illustrates well the importance of our Meadow Rover volunteers as first responders not only to threats to our beautiful mountain gardens from off-trail tramplers, but also to incidents of public safety. Great work, Ed, Dan, and Brian!

Kevin,

Saturday I was working Paradise and I stationed myself by Glacier Vista. Most of the afternoon I spent assisting visitors, keeping them on the trail and off a snow patch that was attracting them off the trail.

Later that afternoon I was told that a small boy had injured himself at the snow patch. When I arrived I learned that an 8 year boy had fallen through the snow patch and landed hard on rocks below and sustained bruises to his ribs, shoulder and face. What the visitors couldn’t see (including me) was that the snow patch was mostly hollow and the snow was 3-4 feet about the ground.

I radioed for EMS, and a short time later, a few minutes apart two other rovers (Dan Purnell and Brian Carpenter) magically appeared to offer their assistance. Dan had even snagged a mountain guide along the way and brought him down to assist.

It was reassuring to know that other rovers quickly responded and were available to provide assistance. Fortunately the boy was able to walk out on his own.

Ed

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Nisqually to Paradise Road Construction


Road construction is scheduled for Monday, August 25 to Thursday, August 28 from 8:15 AM to 6:00 PM. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay including multiple short stops along the seven mile road.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Road construction is not scheduled from Friday, August 29 to Monday, September 1. However, expect minimal delays on Friday. Subcontractors will be working on site.

There is pavement milling and repair at many areas along the road which may result in slow traffic and minor delays.

Masonry details continue on historic culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings) plus cleaning and other culvert work.

Various work is planned around the recently installed underground vaults.

Final paving begins after September 1, exact date to be determined.

Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Roads close on September 2 for repair.

There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges and rough patches along the 7 miles to Longmire.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Lantern Bearers Still Needed!

Reminder;  Our once a year (or two) production of the Shadows of the Past living history program is tomorrow (Saturday the 23rd).  Lantern lit, ranger-led walks depart from in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire at 8:30 PM, 8:50 PM, 9:10 PM, and 9:30 PM. The walk travels about 3/4th mile and lasts about 80 minutes.


We are still looking for lantern carriers to assist with the program. Please sign up at the following link if you can help. Lantern carriers are invited to join the cast and crew at the administration building after the last walk for a special dessert.


Please let me know if you have any questions or answers.
 
- Curt Jacquot

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Get Your 15 Minutes Of Fame!



Good People,

Monday is Founder's Day. To celebrate and launch the new NPS Centennial Logo, the Service is seeking and will be posting photos of people posing with a sign of our new centennial logo. It would be great to share photos of people all over the park. Here is what to do:

1. Print out the sign (enlarge appropriately).

2. Assemble your NPS peeps.

3. Instructions from WASO: Snap an engaging or silly photo of you and your colleagues (including partners and volunteers, if you’d like) holding the birthday sign in a nice setting at your park and/or the places you work. Please make sure that people can read the sign in the photo. If you are outside and you are in uniform, please wear your hat!

4. Email your pic to kristyn_loving@nps.gov by 0800 on Monday morning.

We will share as many photos as we can.

Lantern Bearers needed for Shadows of the Past

Hi there!  We are looking for lantern carriers to help with our Shadows of the Past program on the evening of August 23 at Longmire.  There are four walks leaving from in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM. The walks last about 90 minutes. We need at least three or four carriers per walk. Those carrying a lantern spread out during the walk and then move to illuminate the speakers from below during stops.  There will be a volunteer sign-up form to "John Hancock" before you start that night.


Those who help with a lantern do not need to buy a ticket!!! Ok, so no one has to buy a ticket. But, lantern carriers do get to join the cast and world famous director (me) for some of Virinda Longmire's "rolly pollys" right after the program at the Longmire Administration building.

 Sign-up via the doodle link below.  If you have any questions or answers please let me know.

 
- Curt Jacquot

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shadows of the Past - Living History

Come along on a walk through history Saturday Evening, August 23rd at Longmire!
Contact:  Park Ranger Curt Jacquot, (360) 569-6577

August 15, 2014 – On Saturday August 23rd Mount Rainier National Park will present Shadows of the Past, a “living history” program. Volunteers and staff in costumes will portray important individuals from the park’s past.  The early story of Mount Rainier and the National Park Service from 1883 through 1916 will be told. Lead Rangers will guide groups along the Trail of the Shadows in Longmire. Historical figures will emerge from the darkness while volunteers with lanterns illuminate the scenes!

The free program lasts about 80 minutes. Admission to the park is $15 for private vehicles. Longmire is six miles east of the park’s southwest Nisqually entrance.  Walks will leave (rain or shine) from in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire at 8:30 PM, 8:50 PM, 9:10 PM, and 9:30 PM.  Those attending should bring warm clothing, sturdy footwear, insect repellant, and a flashlight.

Please note: Curt still needs a few lantern carriers to help with this year's Shadows of the Past program. Four walks will leave from in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM. The walks last about 90 minutes. We need three or four carriers per walk. Those carrying a lantern spread out during the walk and then move to illuminate the speakers during stops. If you would like to assist, contact Curt at the number given above.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pick It Up On September 6!

It's time for another Adopt-a-Highway litter patrol, and Crow is looking for ten people who are willing to commit approximately two hours to this community service project. Duration of the event depends on the number of people who sign up...the more, the merrier (to a maximum of 12).

In 2012, Mount Rainier's Volunteer Program partnered with the Washington Dept. of Transportation by contracting to keep the two-mile section of SR 706 including the Park's Tahoma Woods frontage free of litter. In exchange for our services, Park volunteers are acknowledged by two big blue signs placed at either end of the patrol area. These signs benefit us by bringing our volunteers and volunteer program into the public eye, encouraging even more people to volunteer in the Park.

We will be gathering at Park Headquarters at Tahoma Woods, three miles east of Elbe on SR 706 on Saturday, September 6 at 10 AM, and work will go forward rain or shine. "Long-armed grabbers," litter bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own gloves if you prefer.

In order to participate in the upcoming patrol, volunteers who have not already done so are required to watch a short training video which features a very young and goofy Bill Nye ("the Science Guy"). The video can be found on the DoT's website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/operations/adoptahwy/

To sign up for this Adopt-a-Highway event, contact me (Crow) at petrina_vecchio@partner.nps.gov no later than September 1 to confirm that you've watched the video.

Road Construction Update

Road construction is scheduled for Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay including multiple short stops along the seven-mile road. There is no construction on Saturday or Sunday.

There is pavement milling and repair at many areas along the road which may result in slow traffic and minor delays.

Expect Kautz Creek parking and picnic area to close mid-week. Length of closure will be announced when it is known.

Masonry details continue on historic culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings) plus cleaning and other culvert work.

Various work is planned around the recently installed underground vaults.

Final paving begins after September 1. Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Roads close on September 2 for repair.

Drive cautiously. There are numerous bumps, abrupt edges and rough patches along the 7 miles to Longmire.