Hello readers and greetings from Maine!
I am volunteering for the entire week at the Maine Appalachian Trail Conference at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Despite this conference being two years in the making, you probably haven't heard me say anything about it. I wasn't exactly itching to spend 8 days of MY summer vacation volunteering at a nature conference all about mountain climbing, hiking, fly fishing and insert-fifty-other-woodsy-things here. My parents have been members of the Appalachian Trail Club (ATC) for over 25 years - maintaining trails and building bridges and "privies" (the fancy word for outhouses) and my mother, as co-chair of all this, enlisted/volunteered/voluntold me for Special Activities Coordinator. Yes, I'm essentially in charge of the "fun" stuff, i.e. yoga and Zumba classes, massage therapy, shopping excursions, winery and quilt shop tours and the like. Basically if it's happening INdoors, with wi-fi and A/C, away from mosquitoes and might involve drinking, I'm your girl!
I'd like to think of myself as the Cruise Director.
Only this is not Carnival, I'm not being paid (in fact I had to PAY to actually register for and attend this conference AS A VOLUNTEER!) and the midnight buffet consists of things
like flaxseed date squares and wheatgerm smoothies. . .
So, what exactly does one pack for a conference like this?
100 bucks says I'm the only one here that packed a Big Shot in her My Thirty One bags! Mwahahahaha!
While this conference has over 240 hikes, and 50 plus various workshops ranging from land and forest conservation, geocaching and fly-fishing to wilderness first aid and plant identification, I anticipate a lot of down time on my part, since all of this is SOOOooooo not my thing.
I don't really need to know what plants are edible because the last time I checked
everything at my grocery store is! ; )
So, until this Cruise Ship Director is needed, you'll find me pedaling around campus on my Mint Macaron beach cruiser or in my dorm room (gasp) happily crafting away!