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 In June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.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!
1. You’re Not Lucky Enough
Luck plays a factor. It was unlucky that the New River was unpassable in 2000 when Blake Wood had a good chance at finishing Loop Five. It was lucky that it was cold enough in 2017 that the cold temperatures woke up John Kelly from an unplanned nap and he finished five loops. It was bad luck that sleep deprivation led to a wrong turn for Gary Robbins.
2.You’re Not Fast Enough
Don’t worry, most runners are not fast enough. You may have won marathons, finished Nolans 14, set FKTs-the course terrain is so difficult that it is hard to get in within the time constraints on a loop.
3. You cannot Use a Compass and Map
It has been said that there is no course at the Barkley which is false. There is a course you must follow. The course is not marked, hence the course description and the master map. You do get to take your own map that you copied. A compass might help you in the fog and dark. You have no map or compass skills? You fail.
You didn’t do your homework
In many emails on the Barkley List, finishers and veterans have given the advice to read race reports. Read Frozen Ed’s book. Study the map. (The map is available to all from the Frozen Head State Park .) Memorize the map. One Barker this year was impressive. She had done extensive studying of the map and potential places for the books. That is a confidence builder!
4. You didn’t look up the term hubris
Hubris: excessive pride or self confidence; (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis. Sophie Spiedel wrote a nice blog post about the Barkley and hubris. What is the fine line of confidence versus over confidence at The Barkley?
5. Just kidding nobody is supposed to finish the Barkley Marathons
bottom line on barkley;
it is not reasonable.
but if you are in this thing to find your limits….
they are to be found “out there”.
probably not nearly as far “out there’ as you would like to think.
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!