Foggy Morning in the City
I woke this morning to a moist fog.
No bright colors, no bustling traffic; just a cool, grey, quiet street.
I currently serve on the board for a large nonprofit organization. When I was first asked to serve, my initial response was, “I’m not rich and I have no status, are you sure you want me?” The nominating committee member assured me that they were also looking for people who would be willing to work. So I agreed to serve.
One of the jobs required of a board member is to raise funds for the organization. Those that are rich can write a check and those with status can ask their rich friends to write a check. I have to be more creative, because I can’t afford to write a check and my friends, like me, haven’t got large sums of money to give away.
Last night I came up with THE IDEA! I knew what I could do. In part, the idea came from the fact that I spend my vacations hiking woodland trails all over Southwest Michigan and in part, from Elizabeth who documented her 182 walk across Wales on her blog, Welsh Hills Again . I can’t manage 182 miles, but I could walk 40 miles of the Kal-Haven Trail, Kalamazoo River Trailway and Portage Creek Bicentennial Trail. This is something I’ve always wanted to do anyway and if I plan the hike for October, the scenery should be beautiful. I should be able to raise a lot of pledge money for the organization, and have fun at the same time.
This weekend I will scope out the trailheads, possible roadblocks and I will need to find lodging in the small towns where I will be spending the night. I need to find a hiking partner (for safety), arrange for the week off from work, get someone to act as a check-in person, as well as to drop off and pick us up at either end of the trail.
Then, I’ll have 4 weeks to get back in shape.
I love adventures.
Black Walnut in the Morning Fog