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Naturalist Talk at Galehead Hut

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

On Sunday night, I volunteered as the naturalist at Galehead Hut in the White Mountains. I gave a 45 minute talk on Aware of the Bears, and I got so much more back! I took the time to connect with some great people.

Everyone at the hut comes for a different reason. I met a man who was running 60 miles that day. He came in for water, and had just 10 miles to go. He was too fast for me to get a photo of him. I met three thru-hikers heading for Mt. Katahdin in Georgia. They had 360 miles left to hike, and had come over 1740 miles so far. Puffy M from Burmingham, Misery from Buffalo and Johnny Walker from N. Carolina spent the rainy night sleeping on the floor of the Galehead Hut. On Monday, they planned to hike to the Highland Center, over 20 miles a way.

I also met Bill, a 68 year-young experienced thru-hiker from Georgia. He had hiked the full AT (Appalachian Trail) in 2006, and was not hiking his favorite parts again. When he hiked this part in 2006, the weather was bad, and he wanted to enjoy it again.

I talked with Tom, an artist who sat with his colored pencils, drawing the Garfield Ridge. He was hiking with his daughter, a college student majoring in elementary education.

Tom reminded me of the importance of writing or drawing in the Hut Book.

I helped people who were reading and studying their maps and trail guides, figuring out tomorrow's hike. The library at the hut has all of the tools to plan a successful hike. The hut croo is also very helpful in those plans. They spend so much time in the mountains, working 11 days on and 3 days off for the full summer.

Most important to any hut is the Croo. I met Toben, the hutmaster, who plays the violin each morning at 7 to wake everyone for breakfast.

The full Hut Croo includes Toben, Becca (naturalist), Abby (cook), and Kimball (assistant hut master).

The full croo worked together to prepare a dinner of
bean soup,
fresh flatbread
Stuffed Shells
Chocolate coconut cake
Breakfast consisted of oatmeal, eggs, bacon and fresh breakfast rolls.

Yes, I am the volunteer naturalist, giving a short talk in the evening with my husband John. Our main work is done at the tables listening to people talk about their plans, concerns and their journey in life. I learn so much when I listen to those who are traveling through.

I am reminded of the African Proverb:
"If you want to travel swiftly, travel alone.
If you want to travel far, go together."

Staying in the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) Huts is the epitome of traveling together. Enjoy the journey!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KIZZYBEAN 8/15/2013 12:01PM

    Just missed you, as I arrivedt here the 31st hiking from Liberty Springs. Galehead was my favorite of the huts I visited hiking thru the White Mnts on the AT. The Croo there this year was great.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 8/2/2013 11:02PM

    Wow! That was so interesting! I'm sure you meet a lot of interesting people. Awesome! emoticon

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WILSONWR 8/2/2013 7:18PM

    I'm catching up on SparkPeople after working at our ranch for a week. This was really interesting - I didn't no such places existed!!

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WALKINGIRL5 7/30/2013 11:21PM

    Wow this was so interesting - the only thing I really know about the Applachian trail is from the book by Bill Bryson and then I saw "The last Mountain" documentary.
Fantastic photos and what a beautiful beautiful hut with great people working there to help trail travellers. Like like like!

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FLAMENM 7/30/2013 11:20PM

    One dat we'll thru-hike the AMT. The CDT lacks huts and the PCT has too much snow for my tastes.

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DS9KIE 7/30/2013 10:53PM

    looks like alot of fun

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IOEINC 7/30/2013 6:55PM

    You and your hubby are truly wonderful giving people!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us!!!


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MAGGIEVAN 7/30/2013 5:10PM

    I enjoyed your blog. Thank you.

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GRAMMYEAC 7/30/2013 11:08AM

    Great blog!

Thanks for recognizing the Croo. Croos are such dedicated folks! They make the trail experience for many hikers.

Comment edited on: 7/30/2013 11:08:52 AM

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BLUEROSE73 7/30/2013 9:37AM

    Wow. What a wonderful way to spend the day

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MSLZZY 7/30/2013 9:29AM

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NUTRON3 7/30/2013 8:50AM

    What a vary of people you meet

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WATERMELLEN 7/30/2013 8:40AM

    What a marvellous blog and what interesting valuable work you do!

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JSTETSER 7/30/2013 8:27AM

    One Kids Mom,
Thanks for leaving a comment on my page today. You would be surprised at how many seniors make their way through the AT.

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JSTETSER 7/30/2013 8:26AM

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my page today.
Yes, it is BIG necessity to have the huts near tree line. Hikers along the ridge need shelter when storms hit. We've had a few really big storms this week.
It was a rainy night when we stayed in the hut. The storm raged after midnight. All the hikers were glad to be sleeping inside.

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ARRREAGLES 7/30/2013 7:58AM

    That is awesome. Such interesting people and what a wonderful shelter. The AMC is one of the best run clubs, but I also think the nature of treeline there makes it a necessity, no?

Thanks for sharing!

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RSSSLHB 7/30/2013 7:36AM

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SANDRALEET 7/30/2013 7:30AM

    If you lived at a different time you might have been an explorer See new land that no one saw

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SWEETNEEY 7/30/2013 7:23AM

    This sounds lovely oh how we miss so much if we don't explore and venture

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/30/2013 7:05AM

    LOVE this. Thanks for the link. And I especially love that there are 68 year olds still out there hiking!

Spark on! I'm glad for your service as naturalist, giving back! It is the volunteers in any activity that make it possible.

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SKIRNIR 7/30/2013 6:48AM

    What a neat place. I had never heard of such a thing before.

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EDLEAR 7/30/2013 6:32AM

    thanks for sharing what goes on here, I've always wondered!

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SIFUMARY1 7/30/2013 6:01AM

    My sister and I are planning to hike the Trail. You have inspired to set our START DATE. tHANKS

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