I'm sure this sounds like a beginner question, but its a situation I've never encountered before. This is on a walkway I'm installing at my house (fortunately - if this is a problem). The walk is about 30' long and slopes down a hill. It is an extension of a walk I completed earlier this summer. I finished excavating yesterday and lined the area with Mirifi fabric. The ground here is a sandy loam that drains very well. I put in two 2" (before compaction) lifts of gravel, compacting between each and then spread another 2" lift over part of the walk before calling it quits. Last night it rained. Nothing major, 1/4" to 1/2" maybe. This morning I finished spreading the rest of the 2" lift and noticed that parts of the base were very spongy underfoot and will not compact properly if I try. Is this a problem with my compaction on the lower two lifts or my patience level? It has been quite awhile since I had a density test done on any of my jobs but I use the same aggregate, equipment and techniques on every job so I'm fairly confident that the compaction on yesterdays lifts is close to where it needs to be. I'm concerned that the fabric is holding water in the gravel and slowing its drainage ability and how this will effect the finished product, but I also know that using fabric (which I do on every job) is standard practices and suggested (if not demanded) by ICPI. Someone please set my mind at ease.