Days 7 & 8 - PINKHAM NOTCH Visitor Centre
Volunteering for the AMC- check out www.outdoors.org for opportunities or contact Sue! Basically, you must attend 2 weekend training sessions (all expenses paid) and then do minimum 4 days a year (8 hours a day) of Information Volunteering (trails, weather, Leave No Trace, Hike Safe principles, etc.) and you have all meals and sleeping accommodations provided. Robert is a Volunteer Naturalist and provided more science-based programmes. Volunteer couples are very welcome!
Over 350 visitors in 48 hours as the rush was on. How many people start at 8:00 PM in the dark for the top of Mt. Madison and Washington? Many as they were heading up for the last weekend at Madison Hut and Lakes Huts. Had to keep telling them about the over-friendly bear who thinks it has picnic rights on the A.T. Lots of thru-hikers pressing on quickly and I kept asking if they knew Fleur and Buck-08!
Robert's Geology audio-visual presentations a big hit……kept him chatting until 10 PM!!!
Met an amazing group of 20 Quebecers who were training at Mt Washington and Katadhin (next month) for their Everest Base Camp trip next May. Wow!!! What energy and joie de vivre!!!! As well, spent hours with a great group who were hiking and planning their Scotland trip next May…..all of them to celebrate their 60th birthdays. We could certainly identify with them and we'll be in touch trading travel information. Who knows……. This time last year, we were set for our flights to England and Scotland and now have the itch to go over the Pond again.
DAY 8 & 9- HIGHLAND CENTRE and Crawford Notch
Met up with Montreal friends Keith and Brian for the afternoon (hiking washed out) before we started at Highland Centre and our volunteering. Quite a different experience and we still have to digest this high-end resort-type place. A real plus is the free LLBean gear to be lent out to any guest who is registered, a great deal for beginners or young families. I quite enjoyed helping people choose their gear, fit it properly, give them some tips on hiking do's and don'ts, looking at hikes that were suitable for their level of experience. Check it all out at www.outdoors.org under the Highland Centre.
This Centre is quite Eco-Green (all heating and hot water comes from their external wood furnace) and has a fascinating Green Tour, very similar to Mizpah Hut's efforts. I was at Mizpah last year volunteering for 2 days and got quite the kick out of their tours!
Robert's Geology presentations were a great success……way to go, Rock-Hound!
On to Montreal and Ontari-ari-ario! So good to see family and friends for the next few weeks! And by the way, we returned on the winds of Hurricane Kyle!!!