Perhaps it is as a result of the fire and seeing our efforts of the last ten years go up in smoke but time has come for some introspection as far as our involvement in the Reserve is concerned.
We have been rather critical of the staff lately with their perceived lack of effort and this has not been taken kindly. After all this time we still have not achieved common goals and do not co-operate on projects. One of the biggest failures is that we have not been able to break down the ‘us and them’ attitude and we do not work on the same projects together.
Some examples are the hacking, the growing of plants, the planting of trees, the tourist information, the provision of water and the maintenance of infrastructure.
The way things are with the ‘Friends’ at the moment also does not offer much hope for the future, it still depends on the rapidly aging group of same olds, same olds with no new blood heavily dependant on the unbridled enthusiasm of our leader, you know who. We have nearly 400 friends on Facebook with a participation level of almost zero and this blog elicits hardly any comments so from that angle we also can’t expect much.
As an organisation we need to sit down and decide what we want to contribute and achieve as a group going forward or die a slow and inevitable death.
Be all that as it may, we had a very pleasant time on Wednesday, first bringing another load of mainly Protea seedlings from home to the shade house, sorting out the blocked sprays, arranging Proteas on the platform and planting some more aloes on the aloe koppie.
By now we know the Boulder Trail quite well but I still didn’t have a gps track so in the afternoon we set out to rectify that and also follow the last section down into the river. This last section is a bit of a ‘there and back’ and we decided that the trail will fit in better with the overall perimeter trail if we rather lead it back up to the lookout picnic spot. Of course it must still be cleared with management if the Boulder Trail will be resurrected at all as a trail for the general public or mainly as an access path for alien control.
Some rock formations along the Boulder Trail.
Lots of scrambling opportunities.
A view down to the river.
And the inevitable bridge. Hopefully the slopes will start greening soon.