How long you've been volunteering for the museum and in what capacity: I started volunteering as a museum docent in 2019. I spent the pandemic summer of 2020 volunteering in the museum library doing an inventory of the latest library donations and of the "Book Sale" books. Then I spent the winter of 2020/21 assisting Sam and two other volunteers inventorying the museum archives, including more than 1000 Shelter Registers that have been donated to the museum over the years.
Favorite place to hike in PA: Other than following the AT through Pennsylvania during my 1992 AT Thru-Hike, I've not yet explored too much of PA. My wife and I bicycled the Pine Creek Trail that runs through the Grand Canyon of PA. While we were bicycling it last fall, I learned of the West Rim Trail of the Canyon, so now I want to go back someday to backpack it; perhaps, when the autumn leaves are at their peak.
Favorite place to hike outside of PA: Oh so many places come to mind, but if I must choose just one, I'll go with Grayson Highlands, VA. Though the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu ranks high as well.
Other hobbies (besides hiking): Bicycle Touring (mostly on rails-to-trail), Canoeing, Reading/Writing, and Genealogy.
A fun fact or other information that you're interested in sharing with the group: Being a genealogist, I've traced my family's ancestry back to the arrival of the Mayflower, specifically to John and Priscilla Alden, Richard Warren, and several others. There was to be a 400th celebration of the Mayflower's arrival in 1620 last year (2020) in Plymouth, MA, but as so many other things were, it was cancelled due to the pandemic. I had planned a walking/bicycling/canoeing journey retracing the path of 12 generations of my ancestors from Plymouth, MA to central, Ohio where I grew up. My route (in reverse of what they did, starting in Ohio and ending in MA) would have followed back roads, rivers, rail trails, and footpaths like the Tuscarora and Appalachian Trails. The plan was to visit historical societies and sites along the way and join a few family and pioneer reunions that I had learned of in several states along my route. I wanted to camp and walk on the lands where my ancestors had homesteaded. I would have arrived in Plymouth just in time for the planned 4-day, 400th Anniversary Event. Alas, all that planning, both my own and that of the event organizers, was for naught due to the coronavirus pandemic.