|Jeff, Joanna, Tim, and Steve (photographer)|
blazing the Great Eastern Trail through
Twin Falls State Park. November 2011.
For the last year I have been working as the Great Eastern Trail VISTA here in Mullens, West Virginia. It's more than volunteering with less pay than a job. It gave me a chance to move to southern West Virginia and learn more than I ever knew I wanted to learn about landowner issues, indemnity, and shootin' guns.
I'm sitting in my abandoned office at the Mullens Opportunity Center. When I started my year here, there were three others in the office with me. It's been mostly just mine since March. Even the plant died months ago. There's a plastic duck with the number 21 on it that hangs from the ceiling. This has been a positive place for me, and I leave it today.
There are a lot of things I look forward to about hiking the Great Eastern Trail, but most of all I am looking forward to making it back here, to Mullens. I can't wait to poke my head into the MOC next spring and seeing who is around. I hope to meet up with all of you then. Thanks for a truly fantastic year, and thanks for helping me get so much done. It wouldn't have happened without our volunteers.