Archive for November, 2007
A one-acre brush fire was extinguished near McAfee’s Knob
The high school I went to is #1 in the entire country! Speaking of high school, around Christmas time, I get to have a five member mini-reunion with the Class of ’93 – Alex, Brian, Christina, Stacy and me! It will dominate our 10 year reunion which sucked
A while back I posted about the Four State Challenge on the Appalachian Trail where hikers cover over 40 miles in a single day to step foot in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Today, Larry, ZJ and I unintentionally did a Six State Challenge with the help of Northwest Airlines.
1) We left home in Virginia
2) We caught a flight in Greensboro, North Carolina
3) We landed in Memphis, Tennesee way too late to make our connecting flight.
4) We took a new flight to Indianapolis, Indiana
5) We took one more flight to Minneapolis, Minnesota
6) Larry got a warning for speeding in Minnesota before we made it over to Wisconsin.
Our journey took us 16 hours. I read about some hikers who did two states less than us in 15 hours. Those wussies. 🙂 Of course, my feet are in great shape, I got a free dinner and at the end of the day I was rewarded with a nice Soy Green Tea Latte from Starbucks and a very comfortable looking bed.
But, boy…I do think I can relate to the exhaustion (at least mentally) the Four State Challengers feel. It’s been quite a day!
Now that Stacy’s wedding is over, I was free to make an appointment to chop off my hair. I did research the Wigs for Kids and Pantene’s Beautiful Length programs, but unfortunately they were more restrictive with colored-treated hair. As a quick cheat-sheet:
|Program||Minimum Donation Length||Colored Hair?|
|Locks of Love||10″||Acceptable (as long as it has not been bleached)|
|Wigs for Kids||12″||No perms, colors or highlighting|
|Pantene Beautiful Lengths||8″||Vegetable dyes, rinses and semi-permanent dyes acceptable. Bleached, permanently colored or chemically treated not acceptable|
And so Locks of Love it is! I was poised to take advantage of Sock Hat Season to conceal any disasters if I had to go too short. But it turns out I had more than enough hair. They took off about eleven inches and I still manage to look like a girl:
We’ll see how this new haircut fairs on hikes. I can’t imagine it will be worse than the long hair. Over the course of our three day Peters Mountain backpacking trip, my long ponytail collected a number of burrs and matted tangles. Once home, it took me quite some time (and the demise of one hairbrush) to get that resolved. Short hair has got to be simplier than that!
For every story of sharing Country Crock receives, they are donating a meal to Second Harvest.
This activity marries two of my hobbies together– letter writing and geocaching! I can’t wait to try it out! Two guys from Minnesota I met through work will likely be my first recipients! (I don’t know many other cachers outside of Virginia)
I just received word that one of the great travesties regarding the Appalachian Trail is being addressed. Am I talking about invasive species? No. Shelter creep? No. Encroaching development? Wind farms disrupting mountain views? No, No.
I’m talking about THIS:
Appalachian Trail License Plate
What is wrong with that picture? It’s a beautiful, gorgeous Appalachian Trail license plate… but it is only available in North Carolina. North Carolina with its measley 88 miles. What about Virginia and our whopping 550 miles?!?! We home more Appalachain Trail miles than any other state. Where’s our pretty license plate?!?!
Welp, the Appalachian Trail Conference is working on it! It sounds like they will need 349 pre-paid applications for the plate (That’s 350 minus the “I’m-so-there” email I just sent along). Their effort is just getting started. Needlesstosay, I will watch with great interest as it unfolds.
And as I learn more, I’ll post
propaganda details here.