Friday, June 27, 2014
Mizpah Hut naturalist program
Croo: Nat, Emily and Erin and Sam.
The Croo members were so very kind and respectful. Their good manners made our time at Mizpah very enjoyable.
Mizpah Hut was built in 1964, and one of the gentlemen spending the night in the hut helped to build it. Clearly, it was an important accomplishment in his life, and he looked back on that effort with happiness. The facility is centered around the kitchen, and this seems to make the hut efficient in the way that it is run. The cathedral ceilings in the dining room add to the spacious ambiance.
Twelve very interesting guests spent the night, and I presented on Aware of the Bear. During the afternoon while day hikers came through, I had the opportunity to talk about how to handle a bear encounter with people from Australia as well as from around the USA. Since there are no large bear in Australia, Ben was very interested in what I had to say.
The best part about staying in the huts is spending time learning from the croo and the guests also stayin in the hut. For one brief period of time, our paths cross.
Presenting at a hut is more than a one hour job. John and I take time to meet and greet the day hikers as they arrive in the afternoon. We also hiked down to the Neumann Campsites and invited the caretaker and the trail crew that was staying there to join us and participate.
After hiking, we stopped in at the Highland Lodge which is next to the train depot.
We hiked up and down the Crawford Path the oldest trail in continuous use in the US.
It is a beautiful spot! The trip was about 7 miles round trip with a stop on the summit of Mt. Pierce.