The Appalachian Trail
I am getting ready to hike the Appalachian Trail. I will only be hiking the Maryland part. It is 41 miles. I will hike with Road Scholar and we will do 10 miles a day. Nothing too strenuous, but I believe Road Scholar people are usually older. I haven’t ever been on a Road Scholar trip so I will let you know in my next blog. It is a quick trip. I fly to Maryland on Monday and fly home the following Saturday. I’m doing this hike during Spring Break.
I’ve been reading books about the AT (Appalachian Trail). Since I am older, I have been reading about older people who hiked the trail. One book was about Grandma Gatewood who hiked it in 1955 at the age of 67. She hiked the whole thing by herself. The AT starts in Maine and ends in Georgia. The trail is 2,190. People who do the whole trail at once are called thru-hikers. It takes five to seven months to hike the entire trail. Others, who do it in sections, are called section hikers.
I read another book about a 60-year-old woman who did it in sections but within a year. Both women carried a pack and slept alone in the wilderness. I couldn’t do that, I would be afraid some crazy person would creep up on me in the middle of the night. I will be staying in a lodge with my own room and bath. Everyday we will be driven to the trailhead. If I like the hike, I may do the entire trail but in sections. I would probably do the Maine part next. It sounds very nice but I will not be sleeping alone on the trail!
You’re never too old to have an adventure or learn something new. If you know an older person who speaks Spanish and would like to learn English, our series English for the Spanish Speaker would be an excellent choice. Each book in the series has eight lessons. In Books 1 and 2, the lessons are about every day activities. In Books 3 and 4, four lessons are about every day activities and the other four are about United States history or government. The print in the workbooks is large. The reading level in Book 1 is at the first and second grade level. The books get progressively more difficult. The reading level for Book 4 is at the fourth grade reading level. Each lesson begins with a vocabulary list, then a conversation, story, activity pages, and finally an answer key. The lessons are bilingual with the word lists, conversations, and stories presented in Spanish and English. The directions for the activity pages are in Spanish but the activities are in English. There are two dictionaries at the back of each workbook: a Spanish dictionary and an English dictionary. There is a CD available for each workbook so students can listen to the vocabulary lists, conversations and stories in English. This series has been very popular with adult education classes because the pace is reasonable, print is large and the directions are in Spanish.
You must belogged in to post a comment.