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Appalachian Trail dreaming

May 28, 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Morgan Outdoors is celebrating National Trails Day with the unveiling of its Top 10 Local Hikes list and an evening program. On Saturday, June 7 at 7 p.m., the public is invited to join John DeSanto for a slideshow and introduction to Orange County’s section of the Appalachian Trail.

DeSanto is the director of photography at the Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown and lives near the Appalachian Trail in Warwick. His recent introduction to hiking is both motivating and humorous. “My knees are 62 years old,” said DeSanto, “but my brain is only 15 years old—so hiking is perfect for both.”

DeSanto began hiking on weekends along Orange County’s portion of the Appalachian Trail last fall, taking notes and photographs for the April/May edition of Orange Magazine. He borrowed his daughter’s school backpack, became hooked on hiking, and along with 40 pounds of newly-purchased hiking equipment, now harbors a dream of walking the entire trail some day.

The Appalachian Trail is arguably the world’s most famous footpath, stretching 2,180 miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME, with lots of ups-and-downs in between.

To reserve your seat, call 845/439-5507, as seating is limited. There will be refreshments and a special Appalachian Trail map and log where trail hikers can record their hiking history.