Friday, February 5th, 2021: Gearing Up.
Next week interviews for Master Watershed Stewards happens. Since that’s what I’m gearing up for, there has not been a ton going on with the blog other than some scattered…well, let’s just leave it to the sections, shall we?
As I said, we’re gearing up for interviewing our first batch of steward applicants. Based on their applications alone, I’m excited with what we’ll be able to accomplish. That said, I’m still a bit down:
I could surely use more applicants from my counties. The interest in the program has been resoundingly positive, but it’s been pretty far and wide. I have my feelers out in multiple places around the 4-county area, but volunteers here have been at a slow trickle.
If anyone reading this from Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter Counties has any modicum of interest, get ahold of me! There is contact info all over the place, so it shouldn’t be difficult to get at me in some way, shape, or form.
Slowly moving junk out of the office, but I could be moving it along faster. I have not yet touched the notebooks, and I’ve since found another cache of notebooks that- based on their age and contents- likely contain little of use to me.
For the sake of fairness and not wanting to miss something, I will be going through these notebooks as well. I’m not saying that I have brilliant ideas squirreled away in them, but…eh…who knows?
Much of the things that I wrote when I was younger just make me cringe today, so it may be a more painful ordeal that I anticipated.
My hike list continues to grow while my activity level continues to idle.
On a related note, and I forgot to mention it last week, I did get up an article about hiking in the Gore Area of Quehanna last year. It’s been in the works for a few weeks and flew under the radar. If you missed it, check it out.
Equipment-wise, however, I have found that I need to replace (in addition to pants) some unmentionable undergarments. I’m currently searching for some tough undies, so if anyone has suggestions, lay them on me! I’m gearing up on multiple levels.
New Year Reading
I finished Walking with Spring by Earl Shaffer on Wednesday! Now I need to find the time to write about it. No promises on any sort of timeline there- many of the things I write are done either off the top of my head and fact-checked and supplemented by outside sources.
I haven’t done a “review” in decades, so what’s likely to come out of it will be something akin to more personal reflections and other such nonsense.
I’m currently digesting a number of more technical watershed and conservation books because, frankly, if I don’t ideas will pop into my head constantly. When that happens, I end up searching and reading about it online anyway. I guess gearing up is extending into my “fun time” as well…
Again, if anyone has any other recommendations on what to read next, let me know!
The upcoming week, in no particular order:
- I’m pretty sure a hike is in the works, and I can make it work-related.
- Move some books on down the road.
- Interview steward applicants and build up a resource list. I have a lot of varied skills coming in!
- Need a new article like last week…
- Read, read, read. Write, write, write.