This is a meeting of the board of directors. I am currently not on the board, but am chairman of the Long Distance Hiking Committee, so I attended to give my report.
After that was the awards presentation from the National Park Service. Various awards are given for everything from 100 volunteer hours up to a new level of 10,000 hours. This is the group of people who received jackets for 2500 hours of volunteer service.
This was followed immediately by Dayton's famous Skyline Chili dinner served in the beautiful Memorial Hall. I did the picture on an odd angle to show the ornate walls and ceiling.
The evening program was by Andy Skurka, who is a rather famous adventurer. Most recently he did a solo circle-Alaska trek, and that's what his program was about. Perhaps I'll tell you more about him tomorrow.
I'm going to cut this short and not bore you with a lot of details, but these pictures should give you a flavor of the day. These conferences are very important to me because it's the time I get to see so many of my trail friends. I'm very proud to be a part of a group that works so hard to make this trail a reality.
Tomorrow- still at the conference, but more adventures and fewer meetings. OK... maybe more meetings too, but it will all be good.
|See 8-8 Game for a picture from another conference|