Dennis in the rain at Clingmans Dome. Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Our feature interview today is with Dennis Blanchard of Florida. He’s an outdoors enthusiast whose main interests are hiking, mountain bike racing and riding and occasional kayaking. In 2007, at the age of 60 he set out on a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. He even brought along some portable ham radio equipment to make radio contacts from every State the trail goes through. But partway through the hike something happened. Unfortunately (or fortunately for him, as the case may be) he had to take 300 days off for a six-artery heart bypass surgery. As soon as the doctors allowed him, he got back on the trail and finished last October 1st. He’s 62 and feeling great and his story is inspirational. In fact he’s writing a book about the experience called “300 Zeros.”
Also on the show more of your comments from Facebook and email. We hear about a hike up Mount Carleton in New Brunswick and experience the first snows of the year. Gary also wades into the touchy area of public health care and the impact it has on outdoor enthusiasts. Email us at email@example.com
Our feature interview today is with potter Darren Emenau of New Brunswick. When this talented artist isn’t working in his studio, he’s playing in the outdoors. Gary talks with him by the bank of a stream that runs behind his home. Darren recounts how he dodged bus size chunks of falling ice while skiing in Tuckerman Ravine in New Hampshire this past spring. He talks about a recent canoe trip from hell and how he combines his love of the outdoors with his art.
Normally we stay away from gas engines and spark plugs on DSO but Gary couldn’t resist talking to Peter Herbruck about his classic wooden boat. Gary met him this summer in Muskoka cottage country in Ontario. Peter is from Ohio and for many years his family has spent summers on Lake Rosseau. His pride and joy is a 22 foot Chris Craft Cadet. This classic wooden boat with the original inboard engine was built in the mid 1920’s.
Music on the show this week from Clayton. Send along your comments and story suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorne Blagdon experiences some real Trail Magic on this edition, those random acts of kindness, those good things that come to you when you least expect it. They’re on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee, hear gunshots in the night again and see a wild turkey. But Trail Magic finds them in the form of a hamburger the size of a saucer and Lorne is given a free bottle of rum and offered some real Tennessee moonshine. It was a good day on the trail.
Culy Dan, Lorne, Naomi and Tom on the AT
Also today a field report from Adam Fox in the Coast Range Mountains of Western Oregon. Adam is going on his second run in about ten years and takes us along with him. He follows a forest trail in the foothills of the mountains.
Podsafe music today from a California band called The Brew. Send your comments, story suggestions and accounts of outdoor adventures to Gary via email at email@example.com