With the extra hands we were able to clear out the last of the major blackberry stalks,
Sever all the ivy vines sneaking up the trees,
and haul out most of the trash that we've uncovered (including computer parts, croquet balls, badminton birdies, numerous golf balls, an old jungle gym and a lawn mower motor). It's strange and sad how much trash we've found in our back woods, particularly since the only access to the area is from our yard. The trash had to be dumped by people who lived here. Some of the debris was so heavy it had to be broken up with a sledgehammer before we could move it.
We were also able to clear most of the stumps of their ivy-twig-wigs (which were surely providing homes for rats- about the only animal that will live in ivy- reason enough to remove all ivy everywhere).
A huge thanks to Jonathan, Tayler and Lexi for all your hard work! Have a great time in California and see lots of birds!