The first day of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference in Cullowhee, NC was very busy, crowded and full of people I knew and some who knew me.
I spent most of the time in the registration and exhibit hall, arranging my excursion desk. Excursions are my responsibilities. But I also realized the confluence of my outdoor life.
The excursion desk opened at 2 pm for additions and cancellation of excursions.
Here are Carolina Mountain Club members who helped at the Excursion Desk.
Across the aisle from the excursion desk was the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail table. Here are Kate Dixon, ED of Friends of the MST, and Bill Sadler, president of Friends. Of course, there were going to be here. The MST is a North Carolina state trail.
But I’m also on the board of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. I had invited them to exhibit at the Biennial and they came here with a wonderful booth. See the picture above.
Today I spent a couple of hours staffing their booth. Mostly I explained what GSMA was and more generally what a cooperating association is.
And all along, I made sure that my excursion desk volunteers were happy, informed and appreciated. I even brought some chocolate for them.
Lenny, who is the head honcho of the whole conference, was very calm. Everyone asked me how he was doing, as if he was going to fall apart. Lenny doesn’t fall apart. But one of the steering committee members gave him a “stressed” tag. Is he stressed?
Am I stressed?