brought to you by Joe Harold, Appalachian Trail Museum Manager
Most of the Northbound hikers have come through the park and the bubbles are starting to get smaller. Next week, we scale our hours back some and will only have one shift a day. The park is still very busy during this time, so we look forward to many visitors coming through the Museum and seeing its wonderful exhibits.
|Even with an overcast sky and rain threatening, |
the Museum is always a welcoming place to be
History Runs by the Museum
Docent Story: Submitted by Lorrie Preston
Little did I know when I showed up for my shift at the A.T. Museum on Thursday afternoon, June 18th, that a little bit of trail history was about to descend on us that day. While morning docent Jennifer Wright and I visited and prepared to switch shifts, a middle-aged couple arrived at the museum on their way home to Maine from Florida, and reported that they were there to watch for the arrival of 41 year old Scott Jurek, a super athlete and ultra-marathoner, currently on the Appalachian Trail with the goal of beating Jennifer Pharr Davis' previous trail completion record of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, set in 2011.
|Scott and his following|
|Scott poses with Docent Jen Wright|
|Scott at Museum|
|Half way there. Eat and Run Scott!|
To learn more about Scott Jurek and his amazing endeavor, you can visit:
Scott Jurek Completes Appalachian Trail Run in Record (video)
Runners World Article
Volunteer Picnic is Getting Close
Saturday, July 25, 12 PM at Pine Grove State Park, the Brickyard Pavilion
Bring a dish to share. Sign up on "Volunteer Spot"
The Picnic and its needs are coming together nicely. Most if not all of the required items have been signed up for and it looks like we will be seeing a couple of new faces in the crowd. I hope to see as many of you as possible who give their time to the Museum and look forward to talking to new, interested volunteers.
This gathering is not a replacement for our End of Season Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, but rather an opportunity to get to know the other docents.
Who is invited?
Docents and their family, museum volunteers and anyone interesting in becoming a docent. If you know of someone who is interested in becoming a docent, bring them along. We are always on the lookout for additional help.
Hope to see you on the 25th.
Festivals, Picnics and Summer StormsThe last month has been full of festivals, picnics and the usual summer storm. Here is a quick update on some of them.
On June 20th, Waynesboro, PA had its first Hiker Festival in Red Run Park. There were many vendors with food and interesting things for sale and plenty of musical entertainment. I attended to represent the Museum and got to talk to many of the hikers that had been brought in from the nearby trail crossing of Rt. 16 by the numerous volunteers. It was a very good time and Waynesboro is doing everything right as one of our newest AT Trail Towns.
|Hikers compete in a pie eating contest at Waynesboro Festival|
The usual summer storms are running through the valley as they always do, but we had a doozy right around the Summer Solstice. I was at the museum when an unusual storm came over Piney Mountain from the South. It seemed an inch of rain was falling every minute and the power eventually went out for the night. The next day as we were preparing for Howard's Canoe Presentation, I opened the basement door and was greeted with this:
43 Years of AT HikingOn Monday, July 6th, we had the pleasure of hosting a special Program presentation by Trail Legend Warren Doyle. Warren is traversing the trail one more time with his group officially known as the Doyle Expedition (I overheard a hiker refer to them as Doilies. I really like that term and have been using it since. They don't seem to mind)
Warren talked about his 43 year love affair with the trail and how he has managed to walk the trail 16 times for something over 34,000 miles.
|Warren Doyle Speaks|
For me, it was good to meet in person one of the people I hear about all the time when talking trail. Thanks, Dr Doyle for giving us the pleasure of being one of your stops along your 17th traverse of the trail.
July 4th Flag RenewalAs the sun moves west each day, it beats mercilessly on the front of our building and on the flag that is hanging in the upper door. This of course, causes some fading of the fabric of the flag. Georgia "TGIF" Freet has provided a new flag for the second year in a row and delivered it just before our Country's annual July 4th celebration. It sure looks good. Thanks TGIF for making the face of the Old Mill look as great as your flower gardens along the path.
|A bright new flag|
|The view from inside near my "office"|