June 10, 2021
News From the Appalachian Trail
Rob’s making progress every day! He’s crossed the state line from Pennsylvania into New Jersey and is more than 1000 miles into his walk home! The days are getting much warmer and the humidity is more frequent and more dense than we’re used to here in Maine but he seems to be handling it very well. He continues to chronicle the hike in photos and videos. The views are amazing, the wildlife is varied in species and personality, and the insects and reptiles are abundant! Apparently, the trail in Pennsylvania is quite rocky. He was telling me how anxious he was to leave the rocks behind. To which I replied, “And there won’t be rocks in New Jersey?” Ever the quick wit, Rob: “I’m told they respect borders!” If you haven’t done so yet, tune in to his YouTube channel (37) Shaker Hikes - YouTube. It’s a treat!
Rob at the 1000 Mile Marker on the AT
The Shop will be cool and quiet for another few weeks. Rob plans to reach the summit of Mt. Katahdin sometime in August. Soon after that he will be back in the Shop working on orders under the watchful eye of General Manager, Porter. Porter recently received a promotion……
Porter, General Manager
Just For Fun
This is the Lady Slipper flower. It is a variety of wild orchid. I found these particular plants in my son’s yard near the woods. I have always loved Lady Slippers, my Grammy used to tell me it was illegal to pick them (which scared me into leaving them be!) and that we were very lucky to be able to see them as they are so rare. They are still listed as a species of “special concern” in the Native Plant Protection Act. Aren’t they pretty? 😊
Lady Slippers in the Wilds of Embden, Maine
Did you know there is an active Shaker Village here in Maine? Sabbath Day Lake Shaker Village is in New Gloucester, Maine. This is where Rob attended a workshop and learned to make Shaker boxes. Sadly, they will not be open to the public in 2021 but hopefully next year they will open again for tours of the grounds, buildings, museum, library and nature trails. There is a beautiful website available with photos and information: https://www.maineshakers.com/
Sabbath Day Lake Shaker Village
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