When we joined in the efforts of MATC in late-2005, Donna and I were asked to help Gordon Clarke with the Carrying Place section in the Kennebec District. What a great introduction to Trail maintenance! Not only did Gordon have (and share) the requisite skills, but his passion for the work was infectious. The first trip out in the spring was the best as we got our annual spring wildflower lesson. His love of wildflowers was gained from the days that his wife Karen would join him on the Trail or on one of their many wilderness canoe trips.
A Club member since 1997, Gordon devoted much time and energy to the Kennebec District. He was one of the Club’s first Certified Sawyers and always enthusiastic about the program. Gordon was instrumental in erecting Maine’s first elevated bog bridge on the AT – located just north of Carrying Place Road. Whenever I am in that neighborhood, I make a point to walk into the bog and have a quiet moment of great memories.
MATC has lost a great friend of the Trail …. Happy Trails Gordon!
See Gordon’s obituary and preferred charities here.