Location: I grew up in Marietta, PA and have spent most of my life in central east PA, very close to the AT and have always been interested in the idea of a long trail. I retired in 2003 from the Pfaltzgraff Co., York, PA, where I was the manager of the accounting dept., have four children, 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
How long you've been volunteering for the museum and in what capacity: I have been volunteering at the museum as a docent for several years and really love talking to the hikers and visitors about the trail. Really I love the trail. When I am at the museum I get the itch to be out on the trail. I like to keep the backpack ready and in the foyer. Will I ever do another thru hike? Hmmm!!!!!
Other hobbies (besides hiking): Along with hiking I do a lot of canoeing and kayaking. Two years ago I was introduced to kayak sailing and that has really been a lot of fun. Cross country skiing in the winter keeps me busy. This winter was great with all the snow in PA, since traveling out of state was not an option because of the covid. Generally I am traveling to CA, (that’s Canada) NH, VT, NY, etc to get snow for skiing.
When not traveling around in my VW camper van, with boots, bikes, and canoes/kayak, I like to work in my garden. I live in Camp Hill along the Conodoguinet Creek.
A fun fact or other information that you're interested in sharing with the group: I am a 2014 AT thru hiker, who loves the AT. In 2010 I finished a section hike, which took me 6 years, but that just did not satisfy me. I still had the urge to do a thru hike. While visiting the AT Conf Headquarters in Harpers Ferry in 2013, I learned that the oldest female to hike the entire AT, in one year, was 71 and I was coming up on 74, so I decided to go for the glory. HA! HA! So on March 30, 2014 I started the trek in GA and finished in ME on Oct 4.
Since I finished my AT hike I have done some other long hikes: 2 sections on the PCT, a large part of the AZT, and at least 50 miles on all, but one of the other 11 NSTs (National Scenic Trails).
I have made a lot of good friends while hiking on the AT and at the museum. It is a bright spot in my life. I love the AT.