Today was National Trails Day, and instead of attending the event that our local trail club hosted, I was asked by the North Country Trail Association to head a little farther north and attend the Grand Traverse Hiking Club event. The reason for that is because the man who is currently trying to thru-hike the NCT was at their event. In addition, Senator Carl Levin was also planning to be there. All this meant that there was going to be a lot of press coverage, and they thought adding in the woman with the most NCT miles would be a good PR move. That smacks of a little sarcasm, but the truth is that I was tickled by the request. Sometimes it has seemed like the NCTA has hardly noticed that I've been slowly adding miles to my total (now at 3657).
So, the picture above shows the official ribbon cutting for the new section of trail that was opened. It's a nice connection between two area ski/hike/bike trails, and takes the NCT off a horse trail. That situation was never ideal. So they set this up with representatives of the two other trails holding the ribbon, chapter officers, the NCTA Executive Director, and Michigan DNR representative looking on. Senator Carl Levin (a real friend of the NCT no matter what political party you belong to) cut the ribbon, and then they had Nimblewill and me walk through. There were two newspapers and Michigan NPR there, so the hope is that the trail will get some good coverage.
I think this picture came out really nice, even if posed. Senator Levin, me, and Nimblewill. I'm hoping to walk with him part of one day this next week as he hikes through the section of trail our club maintains.
It was a long day, with two hours of driving each way. I came home more tired than I expected, but it was a good time.
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