I was lucky to get the chance to attend the 2014 Great Eastern Trail Board Meeting near Corning, New York last weekend. It was a reunion of wonderful people who made last year's hike possible. The people on the left are those who make the GET happen. I wish I could download their wisdom into my own brain.
Especially huge thanks to Pat, who not only retrieved me from the airport (and got me back there) but hosted the event at the lovely Watson Homestead. What a perfect weekend.
While out for a hike, we were able to visit the Great Eastern Trail rock. I used to think people who hiked the same long trail twice were crazy, but I see wisdom in it now: both Bart and I walked past this rock on June 18, 2013 and didn't notice it. I guess we were too excited to get to Moss Hill Lean To! What else did we not see? Maybe I'll get Bart to hike the GET with me again someday. He already was silly enough to say yes once . . . .
There is lots of forward momentum on the GET. I'm excited about all the discussions that took place last weekend and I look forward to watching this trail "grow up" and get better every year.
The morning before I flew back to Minnesota we all hiked to Moss Hill Lean To, the northern terminus of the GET. It couldn't have been a more beautiful morning to be out and about. While there, I got to see Strider's note in the register (North Country Trail thruhiker) and I left a note for current GET hikers Taylor and Gramps.
But the highlight of the hike may have been finding the Pennsylvania rock that Bart carried to New York.