The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference is all about meeting people and renewing friendships. By now, I have my excursion responsibilities down, though certain questions still puzzle me. A family wanted to take their two toddlers on their bike and ride the Blue Ridge Parkway. The biking leaders said “no”. Good call!
My day goes something like this:
Get up and go for breakfast. Show up early at the hike and excursion departure area to get the excursion leaders off on their trips.
Run back to the excursion desk to train desk volunteers or see what problems have arisen.
On Sunday (Day 3), we also met with the 2015 ATC Biennial committee to share advice and experiences.
But the highlight was the entertainment. Jennifer Pharr Davis, the fastest person on the A.T. spoke to an overflowing crowd. She was funny and inspiring. At the end, she brought out her husband and her baby. The Biennial is part of her tour around the U.S. to promote her book.
But I also connected two old-timers and they were delighted to meet each other.
Carroll Koepplinger and John Jaskolka are both avid hikers in the 80s. Both can outhike most people much younger than themselves.
Carroll is an active member of Carolina Mountain Club and John is active in the Carteret County Wildlife Club out of New Bern.
But I made a new friend. Mim Hamal, came from Nepal to promote his trail, the Great Himalaya Trail learn about the Appalachian Trail. What a great opportunity.
Monday evening, I’ll be speaking about the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina. Come at 8 pm in the theater in the University Center.