Brought to you by Joe Harold, Appalachian Trail Museum Manager and Nathaniel Shank, new Appalachian Trail Museum Manager
Another successful season (actually our most successful) has come to an end. We had a record number of visitors, topping 10,000 for the first time. We also had a record amount of donations received at the Museum and our sales at our little gift shop were the best they have ever been. We anticipate next year being just as busy and successful. We hope you all continue to give your time as without you, the Museum doesn't exist.
This is my (Joe's) last preparation of the Newsletter. From now on, Nate will take on the responsibility of keeping you informed and interested. I've had a great time.
Thanks to all of you for your help. It is certainly appreciated.
|Early morning after closing for the season|
Troop 248 Completes work project at the Museum
Thanks Troop 248 for making the Museum look so good.
Paint Party at the Museum
|Mike and Roderick|
|Thom, Margy, Carolyn, Jen, (Ron) and Martha|
|Jim, (Jen), Mike, Carolyn, Martha and Ron|
|Jim, Jen, Carolyn, Ron and Margy|
|Rich, Howard and Nate|
|Nate, Roderick, Howard and maybe Rich's butt.|
|The illusion is complete|
|Evening shot. All is quiet.|
Backpacks Through the Ages
|Dave, Gwen and Nate discuss the possibilities|
|Nathaniel shows his homemade banjo that hiked the PCT with him|
In 2013 he was hired by Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve as a forestry intern. During his internship he was in charge of planning and planting nearly 2,000 trees and shrubs within different blocks of the 600 plus acre preserve. He then became an environmental educator and continues to be involved with their programs and events.
In 2014 Nathaniel then decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada northbound. He was also given a promotion to manager of the cider operation at the Oyler's Organic Farm.
Then when 2015 rolled around he decided to do a shorter hike across the Swiss Alps. Hiking more than 300km on the green trail of the Via Alpina he went from Saint-Gingolph France to the peak of Germany (Zugspitze). After this hike he has continued his involvement at the Oyler's Farm and Strawberry Hill and has been assisting with the men's ministry at Liberty Worship Center in Fairfield, PA.
My Next Adventure
I think I have intended to complete the trial for a while now. Up until this year, it was still just the nebulous idea of a dreamer. As things moved along in my life, I saw a window, where my bride, Lisa, and I can take some time off and take a hike.
So that is what we are going to do. Next April, Lisa (LoGear) and I (EarthTone) will be flying down to Atlanta (using the miles we earned paying for a wedding) and start our Quest of Pamola. If you didn't know, Pamola is a god of thunder and protector of Katahdin. He has the body of a man, the head of a moose and the wings and talons of an eagle. We hope to walk from Georgia to Maine and if found worthy by Pamola, summit his mountain.
We are in no hurry, as we have the time to do this at our own pace. We are starting late in the month to avoid the crowds and will probably be doing a bit of cleanup as we go along behind the larger bubbles. It is a Long Distance Hike and that can mean whatever you want. I have set several goals (being a Thru-Hiker is a secondary goal of less importance) that I hope to meet along the way. Each will add to our adventure and give us more stories to tell. The further we go, the more stories.
Being someone who likes to share my journeys, I have set up several sites where I will possibly be posting our progress and my thoughts as we move up the Trail. I know that it is hard to walk all day, do your camp chores, then find time to write and post and signal can be sporadic at certain places, but if I am posting, then these are the possible places I will be posting.
People are always asking "why are you doing this hike". Some can answer quickly, some need to think about it a while. I have thought about it for a long time and here is my latest response:
So come along with LoGear and I, virtually or in person. All are welcome to our Tramily. (Trail+Family=Tramily)I want to be an outsider
To watch the dawn break in the forest
To feel the midday sun on my neck as I move North
To see a sunset each day
To walk among the falling rain and feel a stiff breeze chill me
To be with the beasts of the forest and talk with the people who walk with me
To live life to its fullest each day that I hike
Things Coming Down the TrailNovember 20th, 2016 - Volunteer Recognition Dinner
March 25th, 2017 - Museum opens for its eighth season
For those wanting to see me not wearing hiking clothes:
And a few more to part with:
|Four Managers, all in a row.|
|Jeff and Ed place the last grate onto the ramp. Job just about done.|