Friends of the MST meeting on Feb. 6

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Today may be Throwback Thursday, but that is so 2015.

I’m looking forward to the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Annual Meeting on Saturday February 6. Have you signed up?

The agenda is fast-paced and fun but it’s the people that makes this meeting so worthwhile. Hikers and trail maintainers from all over North Carolina and beyond come together to discuss the MST, maintenance challenges and their favorite parts of the trail. This is the place to get tips on how and where to hike the trail.

Sharon, "Mama Goose"
Sharon, “Mama Goose”

Sharon “Mama Goose” Smith, a retired Air Force combat medic, is the keynote speaker. She’s complete the Appalachian Trail and the MST. Mama Goose will lead the first Warrior Hike of veterans on the MST next September.

She’s an active, inspiring speaker. I had the pleasure to talk to Mama Goose when I attended a fundraiser for the Warrior Hikes this past fall. If we’re lucky, we’ll find out how she got her trail name.

There’s much more to the meeting.

Howard Lee, a Friends of the MST board member and the one who originally proposed the MST in 1977, will discuss how to use the trail for education.

Members of the Carolina Mountain Club trail crew will explain how they worked on the Waterrock Knob section of the trail. It was a challenging multi-year project. I was privileged to get a tour of the trail work a while back. And now it’s complete and we’ll be walking on it this spring.

The meeting will be at Elon University, near High Point, in the Piedmont. If you want to see North Carolina on foot, coming to the meeting might be a good start. So sign up online by Tuesday January 26.

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