Thursday, February 26, 2009

The 5th graders at Cartoogechaye

I gave a presentation the the 5th graders at Cartoogechaye School this morning about my Appalachian Trail thru hike. As part of their P.E. program they learn about the A.T. and actually go for a day hike. (The hike is to Siler's Bald.)
So, Hometown was invited to come and talk to the kids. It was actually very enjoyable. I brought my backpack and passed around my gear. I used a question and answer format, which from previous experience with kids works real well, keeps them from being bored, and is pretty entertaining overall.
I would say that the animal questions topped the list, and I told them of bear, moose, and snake encounters. One kid actually asked me, "what hardships did you endure on the trail?" I think he may be destined for a career in journalism. Of course I had the obligatory "did you carry a gun?" and "where did you go to the bathroom?" questions also.
What can I say? It was lots of fun, they invited me to hike with them to Siler's Bald. I may just do that............

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Deep Elem Blues

I've not blogged in a while, so I'll post a quick update.

We went to the Garage at Biltmore (a great little place to see music) last Saturday night to watch Blueground Undergrass tear down the house. Jeff Mosier's brother, Johnny was playing electric guitar with the band and they really rocked more than they rolled. Bobby Miller from Asheville sat in on fiddle and there was a new bassist and drummer whose names I did not catch. Anyway the show was killer and I had a great time.

I'm still singing, "Oh sweet mama daddy's got them Deep Elem Blues".