Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

It's Been a While

I've been gone for a while. Over the next few days I'll try to catch you up on what I've been up to. Just having returned home, today I worked all day on a volksmarch, a 10K walk. What with the Memorial Day weekend and the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center, we did not have high hopes for great numbers of walkers. Also it was hot for Seattle, in the low 80s. But they came in dribs and drabs to a building on the Seattle Pacific University campus and by the time we closed the start point at 1 p.m., we had registered 262 walkers. Much better than we expected. So at 4 p.m., when the last walkers finally came in, we packed up all the paraphernalia, signs, checkpoint equipment, brought in all the signage, ribbons, arrows and loaded them into various cars. Then ten of us drove down the street to a nice pub and had a cold beer on a hot day and then dinner and talk about what we had done well and what we had goofed on. We'll review the walk at length at our next meeting. Meanwhile we basked in the very consistent remarks from walkers about what a nice walk it was and how well marked it was. Our club has been at this for twenty years and we take pride in picking good routes with nice views and with marking them well so that nobody goes astray. All in all, a successful day.


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