Connections were made with nature as well as with other event participants. There were a total of 17 of us including Linda Politi, a key player in Futurescapes' Diahoga Trail Project, Marty Borko of Carantouan Greenway, Inga Wells, a member of Susquehanna Valley Audubon and instructor for the Che-Hanna Rock and Minerals Club, Monika Wood, of Bluebird Trail Farm, and three members of Athens UMC.
After leading this event, there are three things I'm excited about:1. There were those present who knew more than I do about various topics having to do with nature (insects, plants, rocks, etc.). I have much to learn from some of those whom I had the joy of sharing the trail with. The truth is, it's not a contest. I look forward to every opportunity to share the trail with such kind, knowledgeable, and observant people.
2. Most if not all who participated in yesterday's event had a shared appreciation for nature and a common desire to help educate and inspire every next generation of nature-loving, environmentally-conscientious individuals. I wonder what collaborative opportunities the future might hold.
3. Every day I get to spend time in nature is a good day for me. Yesterday was a very good day, and I am grateful for the company of my wild neighbors along the banks of the river as well as the other humans with whom I shared the trail.
Thanks to Linda Politi for taking some photos during yesterday's event so I could include them in this post.