At the Belmondo Reach Natural Area on the Cedar River, Squad battled a large noxious blackberry thicket. The dappled forest light was comfortable and not too hot for some end of summer bramble pulling. Due to the possibility of disturbing artifacts on the site, we stuck to above ground biomass removal of canes rather than digging out the root crowns, which is what will be needed eventually for full eradication.
The site still needs to be checked by King County's archeologist for artifacts before groundwork is given the all-clear. You can read more about the County's Cultural Protection Program on their website.
Naturally we enjoyed the Cedar River for one last swim. We didn't see any salmon, likely they haven't travelled this far yet. Next time!