PATC HQ, Vienna, Va. May 27, 2023 — The PATC headquarters building hides in plain sight, buried deep, just off the main drag, in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Vienna.
We decided it would be advantageous to piggyback our open house on the local annual street festival thinking we might attract more people. The objectives: raise our profile, sell some stuff and recruit new members. We also added a members only cookout at the end.
The crosscut salami slice is always a favorite. Fun for all ages. The youngest gets the chunk sawed off.
We had multiple displays from the ski touring group, mountain rescue and our standard science fair display used at outreach events.
The early results: $1,200 in sales, 200 visitors, 15 new members. That’s in line with our projected performance objectives.
But there’s more…
Wilderness First Aid has to be recertified every two years. https://www.solowfa.com/
Ridgerunner training at High Point State Park, New Jersey.
Of course the third Saturday of the month belongs to the Hoodlums trail crew.
The Hoodlums are like Lake Wobegon. All the women are strong, the men good looking and everyone is above average.
Of course, it’s weed season.
The mountain laurel are finally blooming.
American chestnut next to chestnut oak which mimics American chestnut.
Freshly weeded trail.
Before the string trimmer waltzed by.
Ran into Alex Gardner, the Shenandoah ridgerunner. Always good to get caught working.