Giving Tuesday – and a hike

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Yesterday was Giving Tuesday. The idea was that after all that eating and shopping on Thanksgiving weekend, it would be nice to give back to non-profits.

I gave the whole day (and what a long day) to Friends of the Smokies. Yes, I know. We had this scouting and meeting day planned before I had heard of Giving Tuesday, but I still get credit, don’t I?

I’ve been leading hikes since my late twenties and that was a long time ago. But it was not until many years later that I realized that planning, scouting and leading hikes should be considered volunteering.MingusCreek-Slave cemetery

I’ll lead the Mingus Creek hike on Saturday December 15 – six miles along creeks and to two cemeteries. See the Mingus cemetery above. Also, we’ll show people the slave cemetery – the picture to the left.

After the hike, we’ll go to Oconaluftee Visitor Center for some holiday shopping. If you want to shop local, there’s no better place than the park stores. All our purchases help the park. And they do need help. The Visitor Center will also host a “homecoming”, music and decorations that make the Christmas season fun.

To register for this hike, call Keith at Friends of the Smokies on 828-452-0720.

But the day wasn’t done. We drove back to Waynesville and met for three hours with Holly Demuth, NC Director of FOTS to plan next year’s “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” program. And what a program it will be. Stay tuned.

Yeah, I think I gave back.

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