What did I do this year? It’s not a bad idea to look back and see what I accomplished in my hiking life. If my goal in life is to encourage boomers and seniors to get out there, it’s good to see what I did to further this goal.
The Great Smoky Mountains Association took over my book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South. Later in the year, Steve Kemp, publisher of GSMA publications, retired.
I saw the eclipse on top of Clingmans Dome, literally a once in a lifetime event.
I kept writing to my congressional representatives about the importance of public lands. When I moved from North Asheville to West Asheville, my Congressman changed to Mark Meadows in the 11th Congressional District. I haven’t written to him yet, but will soon.
A lot of good all these letters and cards did! Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke promised to shrink the National Park Service. Zinke also looks at his accomplishments.
You can find this card here. Download it, print it out, and mail it to your representatives with a personal message.
Ocala National Forest in Florida
Saguaro National Park on either side of Tucson, Arizona
Walking the Camino del Norte and to Finnisterre.
Hannah and I visited Japan and climbed Mt. Fuji.
Highlights of day hikes
Greenways of Buncombe County. Encouraged by Marcia B., I learned about our local greenways and joined Connect Buncombe.
Bone Valley in the Smokies with Friends of the Smokies
MST in a Day. I led outdoor celebrities on a hike as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Chimney Tops Trail. I was curious about the condition of Chimney Tops Trail after the horrendous fires of 2016.
Books Worth your Time
Illustrated Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Dan Pierce
Cemeteries of the Smokies by Gail Palmer
Next, time to put down my goals for 2018.