Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A copy of the latest Wandering column

Hey everyone. For some reason the Kings County Record isn't available on-line nowadays???

I decided to post a copy of my column here. I have also posted a poster that is being put up around local outdoor locales.

Whalen’s Wanderings
Looking for Some Enthusiasm

It is no secret how I feel about the Sussex area. I think we have a recreational haven that is centered a round the wonderful scenery, rural backdrop, and vast untouched wilderness. I believe that the more people who see what we have the more important it will become. If it is deemed important then we can more readily protect it. With that in mind, I was pleased to hear that there is a group of people looking to start an outdoor enthusiast group in Sussex. This is something that I have wanted to do for sometime but it kept getting shuffled in my list of priorities.

Outdoor enthusiast groups bring together eager people who organize various outside activities. Groups exist in Fredericton, Moncton, and Saint John and often times these groups come to this part of Kings County to get their wilderness fix. It only seems natural that an outdoor enthusiast group be formed here. The Sussex area has caves to explore, rock faces to climb, trails to bike, ridges to hike, rivers to paddle, and valleys to cross country ski. With a focused group bringing attention to these natural features maybe we can more adequately protect them and make them more valuable in their current state as opposed to a clear cut or roadway.

If you have an interest in outdoor recreation activities, even if it is simply walking along a groomed nature trail for half an hour a day, you should mark November 19th down on your calendar. This is when a group of enthusiastic individuals will get together to try and organize what they are calling “Outdoor You.” This will be a great opportunity for you to meet others who enjoy hiking, biking, paddling or what ever else you might do in the outdoors. You might be an old pro or a beginner, young or old, but one thing will likely bring everyone together and that is their love of the outdoors.

If this event is successful it could lead to other opportunities and a great number of outings to various scenic vistas in our wonderful region. Now you will have someone to show you how to get there and in exchange you might want to show them a location you know about. Gear swaps and exchanges, trail maintenance days, educational seminars and presentations, the possibilities are endless so if you have an idea come on out and share it with “Outdoor You” and let’s turn Kings County into a true outdoor wilderness destination.

The meeting is November 19, 2009 above the Post Office on Maple Avenue in Sussex. It will start at 7:00pm. I hope to see you there or in the woods or on the water. Another event you may want to take in is a Geocaching event. The details of this event can be found at http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?wp=GC1XG57.

Hope to see you in the woods or on the trails. The water is a bit chilly.

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