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Thursday January 30, 2020 7:00 PM EST
 

In 1979, David Brill became one of the first of a new generation to complete the Georgia-to-Maine hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT). Brill’s book As Far as the Eye Can See, now in its fourth edition, eighth printing, chronicles his six-month, 2,100-mile walk, a quest to live simply and deliberately, with room to grow, to change, to discover what really mattered to him. Brill and the thousands of other men and women who have followed the AT’s white blazes ultimately discover that the life one left behind is far less defining than the one that stretches ahead.

Books will be for sale after the event. This is a free event-no registration required.

Thursday February 6, 2020 7:00 PM
 

Joan Tomlinson, a hiker who completed the Pacific Crest Trail, spanning an area from Mexico to Washington State, will talk about her hiking experience on Thursday, February 6th, 7:00 p.m. at the UT Arboretum Auditorium in Oak Ridge, 901 S.  Illinois Avenue. Entitled “Time on the Mountains: One woman’s Lessons and Discoveries While Completing a Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail,” Tomlinson will talk about what became a three-year hike and the many challenges she faced.

This is a free program offered by the University of Tennessee Arboretum Society but donations are gratefully accepted. The program is co-sponsored by the UT Arboretum Society, REI – Knoxville and the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.  For more information on this program or the UT Arboretum Society, call 865-483-7277. No registration is required.

Tomlinson, whose trail name is “Blue Jay,” started hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at the California – Mexico border in April 2016 with the intention of getting to the Washington-Canada border to complete a thru hike in one season.  She was drawn back to long distance hiking after completing a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2014.  Her PCT thru hike turned into a MYTH (multi-year thru hike) as she encountered trail conditions beyond her level of expertise.  She completed her hike of the PCT over a three-year period in September of 2018. 

“Blue Jay” said her PCT experience re-enforced her deeply felt connections to this planet we call home.  She says she saw time written on the mountains and that has provided her with a wonderful perspective on the time and space we each hold in the grand scheme of life on Earth.

Celebrating 55years in 2020, this program is one of many lectures and activities that will be offered this year by the UT Arboretum Society. The program is cosponsored by the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

The Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, is one of ten outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT Herbert College of Agriculture, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension offices, with locations in every county in the state.

Tuesday February 25, 2020 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 
Stephen Lyn Bales with “Doc” the rescue Kestrel