“A Mountain Apart” Apostolic Youth Camp

Buyers: The sale runs from 9am to 4pm. This is a great chance for you to get good used bikes and accessories for the upcoming season and see the new 2013 bikes and equipment! As many of you know, there are many apple, pear orchards throughout the Bradshaw’s that were planted in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s. They still produce large crops of fruit but are subject to cool spring freezes which prevent them from producing. Ive had a chance to sample from most of these orchards through the years and all the apples are excellent tasting.

The Institute’s education model that combines academic learning with community building was developed in our Appalachian program and has been exported to other mountain regions. Over the decades, our courses have ranged from experiential learning trips and teacher training to field trips that take learning beyond the classroom into mountain wilderness areas. We also collaborate with universities in the Andes and Himalayas to train young students to develop a specialty in climate change adaptation. Our education and public outreach efforts have a clear goal-to inspire the next generation of mountain stewards.

Well, we’re going to sort of integrate the two this year, and this is how it’s going to work: Every second Wednesday, starting next week, we run an event-either an ITT on the Ironmasters course on Pine Grove Rd, an ITT on King’s Gap Rd, or one of FIVE South Mountain Summer Smackdown events.mountain

One of the true joys in my life is being able to donate firewood to LaPuente in Alamosa, CO. Several times a year the volunteers from Americorp that are assigned to LaPuente bring groups from all over the country to cut, haul, load and carry off firewood for those in the valley. Today Nick (front right with the chain saw) brought 12 students from Fordham University and each time he brings a group of volunteers I think there can’t be any greater and harder working young people anywhere. Then there was today and here I go again. Some outstanding young people who were such a delight to be with. In fact as they drove away down the road I was missing them already. I think I’ll be missing this group for quite a while. I believe standing behind Nick is Cat who is with LaPuente but I don’t know what her job title is but hope to find out on their next trip here.mountain

While we know that plenty of people own an IOWA® Model Y34 Hydrant as it is our most popular yard hydrant , we are not sure how many people know the story behind it. The Woodford Manufacturing Company celebrated 75 years in business in 2004 and they will certainly be around in another twelve years to celebrate their 100th birthday!mountain