The Quiet Adventure Symposium is a really big annual event held at Michigan State in Lansing each year. I'd actually never even made it to one as a spectator/consumer. A little too far away from me for a casual drive. But my friend Robert talked me into going this year and trying to get table space. Even fairly late in the year I did manage to get a table.
I'm leading off with this picture because this is what we all need to be doing to secure the future of resources for outdoor lovers... taking the kids to fun events like this, and then getting them outside. What you maybe can't see is that this booth was for a nature center and the kids were petting a coyote skin.
There were two chapters of the North Country Trail Association there promoting the trail. We got everyone together for a picture. It was neat to see so many good friends.
Here's my booth. Notice the brand new table banner. I'm really happy with the way it looks- very readable from a distance- which was important to me. I've been studying other people's and that was one of my priorities. Also, since I was almost exclusively trying to sell the trail books today, I set up a little trail through my "forest" of two fake trees, and put my toy camper girl with her tent under the trees. That was a big hit. Sorry I didn't take a closeup of it, but I'll get one next time. It did draw quite a few people in.
Robert was there to help me man the booth, and we were really busy talking to people almost non-stop, so it was really good to have more than one person there.
I saw quite a few people whom I know, in addition to the folks manning the NCT booths.
And! I finally got to meet Loreen Niewenhuis (Great Lakes advocate and hiker). We have emailed and spoken by phone for a number of years, but this was our first face-to-face meeting. Another awesome adventurer.
All good, but I'm temporarily peopled out. I did OK. Sold quite a few books, but it's an expensive venue, and it's 200 miles from home, so you have to sell a lot to make any money.
I'm spending the night near Lansing, and tomorrow I head... somewhere. Stay tuned.
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