Here's the general plan for upcoming snowshoe/hiking outings. I've got dates assigned for each outing and will be happy to e-mail you the detailed plan if you'd like to join me for any/all of the hikes. My e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mouth of Green Canyon / Bunchgrass to White Pine Creek Trail
Blind Hollow Trail / Jardine Juniper
The Wind Caves / climb to the reflectors on the East mountains
The Crimson Trail / Preston Valley to Beirdneau trail
Green Canyon to Mt. Elmer trail / Willow Creek to Little Cottonwood Creek loop
Richards Hollow trail / High Creek trail
Bloomington Lake / Tony Grove to Wood Camp Hollow
Mt. Naomi / Cherry Creek Canyon trail
The Wellsville Cone via Deep Canyon trail
And here's the pitch I e-mailed to the Herald Journal this morning. Think they'll go for it? (I'll let you know.)
Dear Editor (personalized, of course)
This year I’m planning to go on two showshoe/hiking outings each month in training to climb the Wellsville Mountains in early September. I’ll be blogging about this experience but also thought that your readers might enjoy reading about the hiking exploits of a fairly average overweight homemaker.
I’m using my 2004 edition of Cache Trails as a starting point but also plan to utilize the folks at the Cache Ranger District and USGS maps.
Last year you featured the fitness stories of three men who were trying to lose weight. As a HJ reader, I found it personally motivating. Maybe my quest to conquer the Wellsvilles could serve a similar function for other readers. I’m referring to the Wellsville hike as my personal Everest, and the great thing about making them a part of a fitness goal is that I can look out my window and see them every day. Believe it or not, I’m even open to tracking my weight and fitness stats in the pages of the Herald Journal. (If Oprah can share her weight on national television, I can share mine in my local paper.)
This may be a good fit for your Health page or Thursday’s Outdoor section. I’m open to either option and would be happy to provide you with twice-a-month articles and photos. Of course I also realize that reduced frequency may be an easier fit for your editorial plans.
Let me know if you’re interested.