Serendipity: Luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for.
Spring fever hits hard at Hickory Hills Academy (the official name of our home school) about this time each year. There are days when core subjects have no choice but to take a backseat to the call of the great outdoors. Today was one of those days.
It finally clicked! He was Jeff Clark, the author of the blog I visited before I left home to print off the hiking guide! There is a photograph of him on his website, and I’ve seen it enough times while exploring his posts that I recognized him. I told him I felt like I was meeting a celebrity in the world of hiking! 🙂
The hiking guide I printed off from the Meanderthal blog? It was created by Ken Czarnomski, a resident of Waynesville. It’s absolutely stunning–a work of art, really. It not only provides a beautiful visual to refer to while you hike Purchase Knob but useful and pertinent information also.
When I discovered the link to the hiking guide on the Meanderthal website a few months ago, I reached out to Ken to see if he would be willing to speak with us at Shining Rock and potentially volunteer some of his expertise. He is a talented man in many arenas, as is his wife, Donna, we also discovered. Lucky for us, they agreed and we recently met. To say they are wonderful people is a huge understatement. We are so fortunate to have such caring and engaged people in our community who are willing to give back to it in meaningful ways. And to think that today, I randomly met the man who unknowingly brought Ken and Donna into our lives.
On the walk back to the car, we had a vocabulary lesson on a perfect word for the day’s events–serendipity!
Links You Really Should Check Out:
Ken Czarnomski’s Hiking Guide of Purchase Knob which includes everything you need to know to get there and hike it (which again, I highly recommend!)
Meanderthal blog post about Purchase Knob with stunning photographs. Really, you should check out Jeff’s blog for any area hike you’re contemplating. There’s a good chance he’s hiked it and covered it with amazing detail and photographs. He also has a sidebar with an extensive list of links to very helpful hiking tips.
A great newspaper article about Ken Czarnomski and his many talents.
A beautiful collection of essays about Purchase Knob, written by Kathryn McNeil, the former owner of this tract of land that her family eventually donated to the park.
|Jeff Clark, the Meanderthal (you’ll have to look it up on his blog to find out what “meanderthal” means!)|
|The Ferguson Cabin is a fun side trip along the walk. Inside, there is a plaque on the wall which explains the history of it.|
|We saw two baited wild boar traps–made us laugh since we had our picture made in one during the scavenger hunt we participated in recently!|
1500K for Shining Rock Update:
Miles hiked on this trip: 13.76
Miles remaining: 760.34
To date, we have reached 72.6% of our $25,000 goal for Shining Rock Classical Academy’s experiential programming!! THANK YOU to all of you who have contributed!! In order to fully fund our school’s experiential programming, we’d love to raise the entire amount for them! If you’d like to contribute, you can:
1. Send a check to 222 Methodist Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745, made out to Shining Rock Classical Academy.
2. Click on this link and you’ll be taken to Crowd Rise, an online fundraising website, where you can donate with a credit card.
All contributions are tax deductible and we will send you a receipt with our 501c3 information.