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Blazing A TrailBy Jaime EsquivelDel Rio News-Herald Published October 1, 2006With a glorious morning and an incredible view on the horizon the National Parks Service crew along with more than 70 Del Rio High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets set up shop at the end of Spur 454 and began their trail-building project. The National Park Service has been wanting to start on a project that entailed building a trail from the San Pedro tent camping ground a whole two miles to the National Parks and Recreation Visitors Center off U.S. Highway 90 west of Del Rio.Heading one section of the project was Student Conservation Association intern for the National Park Service, Jack Johnson. His section was responsible for clearing a bend around a hill near the water, providing future trail hikers with an awesome view of the lake along with natural flora and fauna."We chose to build this trail out in this area because of the wildlife. Hikers will be able to view the deer and other animals native to Del Rio. It's a beautiful view out here too," Johnson said.Assisting Johnson was U. S. (Ret.) Master Sgt. Jesse Davila of the Del Rio High School Junior ROTC program. Always ready and willing to help, his cadets were at work for an area spanning more than a mile and still willing to continue their efforts."One thing Del Rio knows," said Davila of his cadets," is if there's a project that needs to be a success, they get the kids involved. These kids are up for anything."With the project started Saturday with a goal of at least one mile to be completed, the project is slated to have another work weekend sometime later this month.
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