August 11, 2015. "Connection Made!" In the early 1990's, when we lived on what would become the Butterfly Ridge site, we made a walking path through the woods, across our lower field, and into the woods along the creek. While we kept the lower field bush-hogged once per year, we tried to mow this walking path through the field more regularly. At some point in the early 2000's, after we had moved back to Arizona, my dad stopped bush-hogging the field. Apparently our years of mowing the path had made a semi-permanent impact however, as the path has remained relatively intact despite a forest (the former field) growing up around it. A couple weeks ago we started cutting an access road for our truck through this forest. And today, after about 100 yards of hard work, we made it to that 20 year old path! And while there is still A LOT of work that needs done to clear this field, completion of this access road was a powerful emotional victory. My daughter April took this photo. She is standing on the old path looking back at our truck (and yet another load of firewood!) which is parked on the access road.