Today is American Eagle Day!
June 20 marks the anniversary of the bald eagle being selected as the USA national emblem on June 20, 1782 by the Second Continental Congress. (Didn’t they have anything better to do than decide on a national emblem?)
The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.
Endangered No More
July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.
They’ve made an amazing comeback from an estimated 417 nesting pairs in the early 60s to over 15,000 pairs today!
I am fortunate to have a bald eagle nest just about five miles from my house. It has been cool to stop by there every week or so to check on the nest and the baby eaglet.
Celebrate our national bird! If you don’t have an eagle nest to peer into, check out the live eagle cams on the American Eagle Foundation page.
Celebrate National Trails Day
What is National Trails Day?
Held on the first Saturday of June, National Trails Day is a nationwide coordinated event promoted by the American Hiking Society and the trails community to connect more people to trails. All trails hold adventure and it is up to YOU to unlock the magic that can be found on a trail.
Find a New Trail
I’ve said it before, two of my favorite words are “New Trail”. This is a good day to explore a new trail. Drive to that trail head you’ve passed a million times and discover what’s beyond that little green tunnel.
Take a New Trail Partner With You
By concentrating on a single National Trails Day, it is hoped to attract new trail users. Do you have a friend who might want to go for a hike? Call them up and take them with you. It doesn’t have to be an epic climb to Machu Picchu! Go for a little walk around the local metropark!
It’s coming, it’s coming! Summer is coming soon, are you ready?
How will you celebrate summer this year? What is going to make your head snap up in late August and you realize you did not get around to do?
Why not make a list and check things off? Print your list off, post it on the frig or bulletin board, and see how many activities you can incorporate into your summer living. Why not try something new, outside your comfort zone?
My Summer Bucket List
Stand up paddle board (you can rent these at many state park locations for an hour or two)
eat an ice cream sundae
Set up a hammock
visit a farmer market
visit a local garden
Plant a few tomatoes even in a pot for summer flavor
Eat some sweet corn
Hang your clothes on a clothes line
Watch a baseball game live. It doesn’t have to be Major League. Watch T-ball or watch senior citizens play ball, it’s really worth it!
Make a fire and have some s’mores
Fly a kite-get one at the Dollar Store!
Get out and watch fireworks around the 4th of July. This year, I’m going to make the effort to go “to town” to watch
Observe the total sun eclipse August 21 2017
Ride your Bike somewhere
Go to the county fair or other local state celebration
What are you going to do this glorious summer?
What’s the Buckeye Blitz?
The BT Blitz is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event! The Buckeye Blitz runs from May 28 through June 3, which is National Trails Day.
Who’s Buckeye Blitzin?
I crack myself up. I created good old Blitzin while hiking the Buckeye Trail at Salt Fork State Park. This is in the Belle Valley Section, Points 5-6.
I left very early in the morning, it is only about twenty minutes to the trail for me. I have run/powerhiked this section, years ago, and I remember it has several good climbs!
I took the loppers. I wanted to see how I remembered this section. There was quite a bit of overgrowth around blazed tree, and I tried to make the the blazes stand out.
This section is very wet right now, considering we have had several big thunderstorms in the last several days. Generally, this is a pretty dry section, but I do remember there are a few feet that are just kind of wet and mushy.
The turn into the woods from Park Road 55 is very well blazed.
I walked about seven miles of trail in just under four hours, there is four hours of Buckeye Trail Time for the Blitz!
Buckeye Trail Blitz Begins Sunday
The Buckeye Trail Blitz is an event that coincides with National Trails Day on June 3 an event that is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and motivates hundreds of thousands of people to get out and enjoy their local trail system.
The Buckeye Blitz Twist:
From the BTA Website: “The Buckeye Trail Blitz is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event. As BT users, this is a great opportunity for us all to chip in and make certain that the trail is clear for our hikers and gives you the opportunity to report any major issues on the trail that may need the attention of our Buckeye Trail Crew members.”
Going for the Full Week
Instead of just focusing on Saturday June 3rd, the Buckeye Blitz is the full week leading up to National Trails Day. Everyone is encouraged to get out on the Buckeye Trail and do a bit of maintenance. Pick up trash, bring a set of pruners or loppers and cut back vegetation. Want to join a BTA work party on June 3-4? There are at least two scheduled, check out the work schedule here.
Get Out on the Trail!
Off work Monday? Get out and celebrate on the Buckeye Trail! Do a little maintenance and let the BTA know about it! We want to log and celebrate our volunteer hours.
What am I Doing?
Shucks, we just finished clearing Leesville North and South Section in the Muskingum Lake District on April 27!
We should have waited two days, we could have logged those hours into The Blitz! Oh well, the work schedule worked out, with four of us working, we were able to take care of at least 8 downed trees on two sections in about five hours-thanks Nick, Steve and Dennis!
I think I am going to do a little hike on the Trail on the Salt Fork State Park section, bring my loppers and see if there is any pruning that needs to be done out there. I hope to see some hikers along the way!
I have dabbled in a new medium over at Slideshare. I have a presentation called “The Secret Life of Ramps” please go check it out!
I have returned from my longest vacation break ever, 18 days off work. Most of that was spent out of the country in New Zealand. I’m so glad I was able to take a break.
I ran and DNF’d my swan song race, the TUM 62K. Being under trained and overweight and not being in any sort of a running mindset did not help me power through the race. The knee hurting and leg cramps after about 15K didn’t help either. Perhaps I will write a race report sometime. This break helped me come back as “not a runner”. It was more of a clean break.
I was very happy to be away from the vitriol and negativity spewing from the interwebs. We did not use our phones in NZ (we did have internet access in the evenings) and I really did not miss picking up my phone and looking at it too many times in one day!
Clean Break as new Me= Kimba 2.0
While I was running the TUM several times my thoughts went to “I used to be able to bomb downhills” ” I used to be able to do that”. That was one of the things I had to put out of my head. I’m no longer that person, no longer that runner. I might WISH to be, but it is not going to happen. It’s time for me to EMBRACE the new Me. As Popeye says “I am what I am”.
The Guidebook for biking the Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Canal Trail was waiting for me when I returned home. I immediately picked it up and got intrigued with starting to plan out this new adventure.
New Free Time
I’m no longer experiencing “guilt” for not being out there running. I have oodles of time back. I’m looking forward to more mini adventures-exploring areas around Ohio, hiking, trail time, volunteering, work on my gardens and my home. I have a small barn that I intend to turn into a writing retreat.