Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Mountains to Sea Trail: 10 Benefits of Hiking on Blacktop

first_imgThe beauty in the piedmont section of the Mountains-to-Sea trail has exceeded my expectations. And the state parks here are awesome! The view from the summit of Stone Mountain is spectacular, we enjoyed a hike with the kids at Pilot Mountain, and our family loved splashing in the lake and waterfalls at Hanging Rock State Park. But, these literal and figurative high points are connected by road walks. Hot, asphalt, road walks. Like so much of life, enjoying a thru-hike has as much to do with attitude as it does the trail itself. And, as such, I’ve decided to list ten benefits of hiking the blacktop. Some are serious, others more humorous, but all of them have floated through my mind and kept my feet plodding down the painted white lines and unkempt shoulders of North Carolina roadways.10. Large semi’s provide a cool breeze as they roar past. 9. It’s easier to study wildlife when it’s lying still by the side of the road.8. You often get to hike with a dog – whether you want to or not.7. There is a heightened appreciation of cemeteries. (Eternal resting places are the best places for temporary breaks on a road walk.)6. You can interpret honking however you like.5. Your miles per hour and per day increase without additional effort.4. It’s entertaining to watch a driver’s expression as he tries to figure out why a homeless woman with ski poles is walking down the road. 3. You realize how kind people are when they pull over to offer food, water, or a ride. One fellow sped past me, screeched to a stop, put the car in reverse and then yelled, “Are you out here exercising or do you need a ride?” 2. It’s as interesting and educational to explore farms, neighborhoods, and towns as it is to discover the habitats of plant and animal.1. Walking down an open road is more appealing and adventurous than sitting inside of four walls.I haven’t minded the road walking on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail as much as I thought I might. The Friends group has done a nice job of finding the roads less traveled and charting the course on scenic blue highways and country roads. Still, there are hundreds of reasons, and there is a big push right now to raise funds and awareness to move the route off asphalt and establish a continuous path on dirt tread. The long list of advantages includes landscape conservation, economic benefits, and increased community health. There isn’t space in a blog post to include them all. So here are my two favorites:1. SAFETY!2. It’s a whole lot easier to pee.If you like to ‘go’ in the woods, help us complete the trail by making a donation at www.mountainstoseatrail.comlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom entertainment applications are due tomorrow

first_img•Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktfordatusd353.com. •There will be a Driver’s Education meeting on April 29th at 3:15 p.m. at the Middle School in the Little Theatre.  Please stop by the office, or speak with Mr. Wilmoth for more information. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments •Seniors: Please plan on attending the Senior meeting on Wednesday, April 29th at 10 p.m. a.m. in the auditorium. You will receive information regarding Baccalaureate, marching practice, graduation and your checkout forms. •Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1 unless previous arrangements are made. •Yearbook orders and money are due to Ms. Ford by the end of the day on Thursday, April 23. •There will be a short Work Ethic meeting on Tuesday right after school in the commons. •Attention STUCO members:  There will be a stuco meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in room 107.  Please bring something to write with Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 20, 2015:Monday• Baseball at Buhler 2 p.m.• Softball at Buhler 4:30 p.m.• Varsity Tennis at Maize South 3 p.m.Tuesday• Tennis at Circle 1 p.m.• JV Golf at Sierra Hills 3 p.m.• Track at Caldwell 3 p.m.Wednesday• Service DayThursday• JV Golf at Hesston 1 p.m.• Baseball at WHS vs. Circle 4 p.m.• Softball at WHS vs. Circle 4:30Friday• Golf at Cherry Oaks 3 p.m.• Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.• Track at Clearwater 3 p.m.Saturday• Prom – all day.TODAY’S LUNCH: Chicken Patty, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple Chunks, Hot Roll and MilkTomorrow’s Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Bread Stick, Marinara Sauce, Applesauce and MilkToday’s News•Baseball will be released at 10:55 today, Varsity Tennis at 12:30 and Softball at 1:40. They will be marked Activity.center_img •Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!  You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b •Give us a hand and donate a can. There will be a food drive this week- class against class. The winning class will be served Ice Cream on service day. The deadline to bring cans will be on Tuesday, April 21st. Freshman take your cans to room 412- Mrs. Carroll. Sophomores to Room 105- Mrs. Bristow. Juniors to room 110- Ms. Hollas and Seniors to Room 208- Defore. •Prom entertainment applications are due tomorrow to  Ms. Ford.•Juniors and Seniors: Remember you must be in attendance on Friday in order to attend prom on Saturday. •Juniors and Seniors: A few Prom Announcements–You can sign up for the dodge ball and obstacle course for after prom in the office.-If you would be interested in performing for your classmates at prom, please pick up an entertainment application from Ms. Ford or stop by the office.-Tickets are now on sale by the student entrance before and after school. They are $30.00.– You can sign-up out of town dates in the office.-If you are planning on attending After Prom, you must read and sign a student pledge sheet. You may pick up the forms in the office.-Please see Ms. Ford if you have any questions or concerns. •The Jostens man will be here to deliver class rings on Thursday, April 23rd at 11 p.m.. If you still have a balance due on your ring, don’t forget to bring your final payment on delivery day. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day, you can order your class ring on delivery day. If you already have  a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired, bring it on delivery day and the Jostens man will take care of it for you. Today is:National Look Alike DayNational Lima Bean Respect DayNational Pineapple Upside Down DayFollow us on Twitter. •Attention all Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen:  If you are interested in being a class officer next year, pick up an application in the office.  Remember you must be passing 5 classes to be eligible to serve as an officer.  Applications will be due Friday, April 24.  Elections will be held Tuesday, May 5 during second Hour.last_img read more