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Not the least bit lonesome

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Not at all lonesome at the Lonesome Lake Hut
Croo: Gavin, Emily, Grace, Bre, Erica and Scott with Adam Auerbach, friend.

Lonesome Lake Hut is a welcoming, busy, family-oriented place. We met three unusual groups at the hut while we working as the Information Volunteers (info vols).
Bre the naturalist gave several naturalist presentations, and people were captivated by them. They were interesting, informative, and funny. One was on the summer solstice, and the other was on fur, feathers and scales.
Tall Grass and Kansas were preparing to start a month-long southern trek on the Appalachian Trail (AT). They were thrilled to see their year of planning come to fruition. We heard about their plans on Friday dinner and then more about their journey on Saturday at breakfast. The parents of Tall Grass (Jack and Debbie Stiffler) were there to see them off. While hiking of Saturday, we met them as they traversed the trails. I hope that one day I can hear about the rest of their adventure.

There was a birthday party for an 80 year young gentleman. His children and grandchildren gathered to celebrate at the hut. What an exciting day it was for the family to be together at Lonesome!
On Saturday we worked with a group of people from Connecticut. The group of 50 gather every year in a different hut to spend time hiking together. The kids player while the parents talked. They were celebrating the end of another great school year and the beginning of summer.
John and I spent time checking people in to their rooms, selling tee shirts and other things. Volunteering in the hut was a busy, loud time. Kids were so excite about being in the hut with their friends. Families that take time nodding with each other in nature seem stronger and happier.
No phones, no internet, no video games, no tv, no organized sports yet they were having the time of their lives talking, playing and laughing together. Just friends, family and wilderness.... What else is needed for a great time?
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