Tuesday, January 27, 2009

5 Days and Counting...

Just a reminder: the WV Photo Contest will end this Saturday, January 31st. We've received over two dozen submissions and the prizes are still up for grabs. Check out the competition in the WV Gallery, and send your top 4 photos to mrleonard89@gmail.com. Thanks!

Monday, January 26, 2009

WV in Salt Lake Tribune

Dave Pacheco, Wilderness Volunteers' Program Manager, represented WV at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City this past weekend. He spoke with industry representatives, retailers who were buying gear for their shows, and other nonprofits getting their message out at the show. Along the way, he was interviewed by a reporter for the SLC Tribune. You can read the article at this link.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trails and Recreation

The Washington Trails Association has a post discussing what place Trails and Recreation have in the new Stimulus plans of the incoming Administration. While it's somewhat Washington State-centric, the ideas in it apply to the nation as a whole. So it might not be a bad idea, wherever you are, to let your local congressperson know how you feel about the Forest Service and National Parks (as well as non-profits) getting a piece of the Stimulus Pie.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lend a Hand

The LA Times travel Blog has a post about WV . Not really any new info to anyone familiar with us doesn't already know, but good to see new articles being put out there.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Montana Time

Two years ago, a good friend of mine visited Montana and returned with some music by a folk singer named David Walburn. Apparently, he sang songs about mountains, Big Sky Country, a cabin, the American West, fishin', and bears - needless to say, a few of my favorite things and perhaps yours as well. I tossed it in the CD player and, simply put, was hooked. Since I always enjoy hearing new music and a good story, I'm passing this along.

As the story goes, after graduating from college and tiring of the 9 to 5 grind, Walburn and three friends set out from Georgia and traveled 4000 miles west to the Alaskan wilderness to build the cabin of their dreams. And they did that just that, using only hand tools, the WV way. (These guys could swing a Pulaski and saw logs with the best of 'em!) Here's the story and the song:

Looking to nature to simplify life, Walburn finds the inspiration for his music in the wilderness, and now travels the country performing at schools and venues, telling the story of Lewis and Clark's famous wilderness expedition, and encouraging young people to follow their dreams, as he has his, having worked "every job imaginable" in the process to support his music career. He's also a regular during the summer at the Many Glacier Park Hotel in Glacier National Park; if you're in the area, you may want to check him out.