The President's Corner

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." - John Muir

It is time to get out there and enjoy these final days of the year. This is a great time of year with the leaves off the trees so that the views are more spectacular than ever. The heat and humidity are gone. It is a perfect time for beginning activities and jumpstarting the next year with new endeavors. This Trailmarker has some great ideas to help you get going with hikes to some popular destinations such as Grayson Highlands, backpacking in the Mount Rogers area, and beautiful Roan Mountain to name just a few. Closer to home we have Stone Mountain, Hanging Rock, and the extensive watershed trail network. Also, be sure to put the club Holiday Party on your calendars for Saturday, December 9. Great food, great people, and great fun!

Thanks to Tom Esker for all of his work on our current Trailmarker and to all the people who have volunteered to lead these outings. These volunteers both now and in the past are your fellow members who make PHOC the great club that it is. I encourage everyone to join in and spread ideas you have for new outings in the future.

I hope you visit our website and browse the many pictures posted there from previous outings. Instructions for adding your own group of photos is also included. The current Trailmarker is available along with archives of previous Trailmarkers and some upcoming hikes being planned. The direct contact information for hikes however, is only available with the user name and password located on the last page of your Trailmarker. For those without a Trailmarker there is a link supplied which allows you to email a real human being in membership (thank you Paula) and that person will help you get connected.

Our treasury is stable with a balance of $5,583 and ahead of budget at present. Our club has 353 members currently and 97 new members this year. Please be sure to look for them on your outings and welcome them to our group.

Most of all get out there and enjoy yourselves!

John Furnas
(with a little help from my friends)