May President's Column

23 Apr 2021 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

From all reports, last month’s outdoor membership meet went well, so let’s do it again this month (did it go well because I wasn’t there?).  We’ll meet at Willis & Hilda Jones’ Flat Duck Event Venue (7742 Three Notch Rd., Ringgold, GA 30736) on May 4th, with a social time at 6:30 and the business meeting starting at 7pm.  Since we have the Virginia Creeper Bike Ride coming up on May 21-23, Barb Wise has arranged a guest speaker for the meeting, Eric Hunt of Owen Cyclery in Hixson.

Speaking of the Creeper Bike ride, if you haven’t tried this, you should.  You don’t have to be an expert cyclist; all you HAVE to do is coast downhill for 17 miles, if that is all you want to do (if you want to do more, that’s available).  You don’t need a fancy mountain bike; you can rent one from the bike shop there (as I do).  You don’t need form-fitting spandex bike shorts; just wear what is comfortable for you.   Welcome to the Virginia Creeper Trail - a National Rail-to-Recreation Trail (

Don’t forget about the other activities we have coming up:
   Zip Line Adventure - May 6
   Volunteering at the Food Bank June TBD
   Lake Party – July 10
   SUP party – August 1
   Bardstown Bourbon Trail – September TBD
   Len Foote Hike Inn – October 29-30
With all this to look forward to, it seems like life is finally getting back to normal, finally!

I ran across an interesting article, from the Colorado Sun, about uniformed police skiing the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek, since 2005 (I’ve never seen them, have you?).  One quote from the article “It’s impressive how little policing is needed for skiersVail sees more than 20,000 visitors most winter Saturdays. And police rarely need to help patrollers or safety crews on the mountain. Think about a gathering of more than 20,000 people anywhere. Chances are, there are more than a couple cops there to keep things orderly.  Maybe this is part of the reason I like skiers in general, and our club in particular. Cops on skis keep the peace at Vail and Beaver Creek. But they’re more likely to lend a friendly mitten. (

We have a large number of new members to report, Lauren Caldwell, Michael Johnson, Matthew Kramer, Blake Carter, Breanna Carter, Easton Carter, Emma Carter, Scott Harris, Sonya Lee, Adam Seiler, and Dale Whaley.  Let’s all welcome them.

Stay safe everyone,