Thanks to those of you who made it to the Wildlands Trust on New Year’s Eve Morning (Dec. 31, at 6:15 a.m.) for the last Last Sunrise before my big walk begins. It was cold, but beautiful, a reminder of that first ‘last sunrise’ 5 years ago at Plimoth Plantation which was the inspiration for my upcoming walk.
Though there were fewer people at this event, those that did not attend were representative of the best the town – and the country has to offer: people who regularly give their time and effort to causes that have as their goal the enrichment of the lives of others.
Looking around the ‘barn’ at Wildlands Trust there were at least 50 organizations represented: the Wildlands Trust, of course, Tidmarsh Farms, Mass Audubon, The Living Observatory, the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, the Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, The Herring Pond Watersheld Association, Explore Natural Plymouth, the Plymouth Task Force to End Homelessness (the chief beneficiary of the charitable element of my walk), The Plymouth Open Space Committee, The Plymouth 400, The Six Ponds Association, Plimoth Plantation, The Network of Open Space Friends, the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters, the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network… the list goes on, and on.
I am walking 3,300 miles (give or take), but these people have gone much further on behalf of important charities and non-profits and I was humbled to be among them…
And it was a lot of fun too. A lot of good things to eat. A great way to start the day, the year, and the days leading to my departure.
Special thanks to Karen Grey for opening up at 5:45 a.m., making the coffee and being such an amazing host. In a very short time Wildlands Trust has become one of the most important organizations in town and Karen’s hard work, attention to detail and dedication to the mission of WT has been key.
If you were there, again, thank you. If you were not able to make it, I share this with you so that you see that I am earnestly striving to make WalkingHome representative of the spirit of the community that inspired me.
Please take a moment to think of the challenges I will face and of any individual, organization or technology that help me overcome those obstacles.
Thanks again, Frank