by Randy Pierce
We are always training, but not just for hiking! Building community and sharing inspiration is part of our mission, which is why we are announcing two opportunities to experience a day with us where we will enjoy some very accessible trails and mountains! You can marvel at The Mighty Quinn working on a trail, or relax with a picnic lunch atop one of the summits. Our plan is to spend some quality time hiking with and appreciating our supportive community. While there is no charge for hiking with us, there may be nominal parking fees charged by the sites we’ve selected. The links below should help you plan and research all the details. Also, we will soon have a special T-shirt available to everyone on Cafe Press to commemorate the experience (and remember, a portion of all Cafe Press purchases goes to our fund raising efforts for charity.) There are even rumors that Quinn will have his Signature Stamp ready to adorn the shirts of those who join us!
The first date is Saturday, May 21 at Pack Monadnock in Miller State Park. Team 2020 will arrive by 8:30am and begin climbing the Wapack trail, which has some impressive challenges almost immediately. The Marion Davis Trail provides a gentler climb to the top, and there is also a road that can be walked up. We’ll reach the picnic area at the summit and spend time socializing and feasting until 1:00pm, when we will descend the Marion Davis Trail to finish the day. This is the mountain where Quinn first showed his passion and prowess for hiking, thereby beginning our 2020 Vision Quest!
Our second site is Mount Agamenticus just beyond the border into Maine from Portsmouth, NH. The scenic summit overlooking the ocean will make our Saturday, July 16 date ideal for those wanting to appreciate a fantastic nature walk in the summer. Once again, we will arrive at the parking lot for 8:30am and start towards the summit at 9:00am. Though our route won’t be determined until later, we’ll enjoy a picnic on the scenic summit before departing a little after 1:00pm to complete another fantastic excursion. We first climbed Agamenticus with Erik Weihenmayer, and Professor Brent Bell and Sherpa John of the University of New Hampshire. That hike began our initial partnerships and the final planning stages for 2020 Vision Quest.
Once again, there may be many opportunities to observe Quinn’s work and share stories as we appreciate the community and progress made during our first year. So, let us know by email or Facebook that you intend to join us, and we’ll look forward to sharing time and fun! Consider this an excellent opportunity to share with us your part in our community and help us appreciate the benefits we all bring by reaching for our peak potential in the appreciation of life!