|The beech tree (3 trunks!) across the bridge. The little green dot on the tree was our trail marker to show that this was the Perimeter Trail!
|Mary, Richard, Karolyn, Cynthia, Marj and Cathy (photographer) assessing the damage.
|Dave and Richard hauling one of the large branches out of the stream
|The team working on the tree - Mary and Richard were chain sawing and everyone else was trying to get the branches and logs moved out into the woods.
|It was a beautiful day to work - our woods are lovely in the winter with the green from holly, moss and ground cedar; and the soft brown from the beech leaves that cling to their trees for the winter.
|Richard freed up all but the largest trunk of the tree and it looked like the bridge could be salvaged
|Richard finishing up the logs that we were able to cut. Cynthia looking on - she used her 4-wheeler to get all of our equipment down to the stream.
|Richard suggested that we might be able to rebuild the bridge over the remaining trunk. We are not sure that will work long-term but we decided to try to free the bridge and set the broken ends up on the trunk for now.
|Mary and Dave got their end up on the log (Mary could not find the waders so just plowed into the water when needed - cold feet!)
|The team freed up the other end of the bridge, pulled it out from under the trunk, and lifted the broken end onto the trunk at mid-stream
|And there we have it! A broken, but sort-of usable bridge for the brave. We're now thinking about how to fix it permanently. That might take a while!