Ashley and I wanted to thank the many kind folks who have written recently to join our merry crew at KIVA and for the many of you who have asked… “Where have you been lately?”
The answer is simple. We’ve been on the go. Parenting is a busy enough life, rewarding as it is…
Other than that we had some incredible opportunities to work with some amazing folks with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (www.appalachiantrail.org) and their Trails to Every Classroom (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/what-we-do/youth-education/trail-to-every-classroom), another group of amazing folks called Natural Leaders who are trying to put together a project called AT MYLE and most recently we spent a weekend with Richard Louv and the fine folks of the Grassroots Gathering of the Children and Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org). Ashley and I led two hikes for adults and had a chance to lead folks from Australia, Canada and the West Coast of the US for hikes at the beautiful National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.
We are always honored to share about our KIVA adventures and the WONDERFUL parks and people of the Roanoke Valley.
This weekend, Ashley and I will be presenting at the Virginia Recreation and Parks Society. WHEW!
Oh and we both have jobs in there somewhere. School is off to a great start for me! Our kids are back in school, as well.
With that, everyone is back to early bed times which allows me the chance to send out e-mails.
Before this becomes any more of a chain letter/holiday card from the Donahues…
Let’s get to the adventures.
Mark your calendar for some amazing events…
First, if you haven’t heard about Roanoke’s 7 Summits program, you must check it out. http://www.roanoke7summits.com/2012/03/roanoke-7-summits-starts-january-1st.html The Donahues will be participating in the self-guided version of the tour of Roanoke’s most wonderful peaks. Roanoke City Parks has put together an amazing program with wonderful perks! We are happy to recommend this program and look forward to participating!
Secondly, our fine friends at Walkabout Outfitters (www.walkaboutoutfitter.com) have set up an event to provide further information and preparation for the 7 Summits program. Here are the details…
7 Summits and Beyond:
An Introductory Class to Hiking and Backpacking
In partnership with “7 Summit” series, Walkabout Outfitter is excited to offer this FREE hiking and backpacking class. From McAfee Knob to Mill Mountain and every peak in between, this introductory level class will cover the basics of what you’ll need to get the most out of your next hike.
Topics will range from trail maps and first aid to water filtration and trail side cooking. Our instructors will draw on a wealth of first hand hiking experience and product knowledge to guide you step by step through all of the most current hiking and backpacking gear options on the market. Taste the food, try the gear, ask questions, and prepare to conquer Roanoke’s “7 Summits”!
Date: Wednesday, September 19th
Location: Walkabout Outfitter
4822 J Valley View Blvd, NW
Roanoke, VA 24012
Also on the schedule:
KIVA, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club are teaming up for the second annual AT Family Hike Day! Families along the AT will be gathering together to hike parts of the trail in celebration of the AT’s 75th anniversary.
Here are the details about our event…
KIVA AT Family Hike Day!
Sep 29 9:30am - Sep 29 12:00pm
AT Family Hike Day. Located in Botetourt County, north of Roanoke. Except for a short feeder trail, the route follows the Appalachian Trail to Hay Rock and back again. There are several good overlooks along the way, but the best one is Hay Rock. Difficulty: Moderate; contacts: The Wild Donahues, 540-580-3015, email@example.com
and lastly… Keep an ear out for…
Fall Waterways Clean Up
Oct 6 9:00am - Oct 6 11:00am
KIVA Clean Up for Fall Waterways Clean Up!
More info to come…
**** Best of wishes to you all! We look forward to adventuring with you very soon! And, as always, we’d love to hear your adventure stories as well!
Chip and Ashley W. Donahue