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Hikers hall of fame? New Appalachian Trail Museum opens in Pennsylvania

Hikers hall of fame? New Appalachian Trail Museum opens in Pennsylvania

In 1921, Benton MacKaye had an extraordinary idea. Convinced that modern life was undermining peoples ability to connect with nature, the forester and land conservation pioneer proposed a massive walking trail from Maine to Georgia that would keep that wild bond intact. “Here is a job for 40,000 souls,” he wrote in an article pitching the idea of an Appalachian Trail. By 1937, the foot trail thats now 2,178 miles long was finished.

Today volunteers, hiking clubs and some government agencies continue to work to preserve and manage the trail envisioned by MacKaye, which thousands trod annually. And on Saturday, National Trails Day, the trail’s story will be told in a new museum in south-central Pennsylvania that was again completed by dedicated volunteers.

The Appalachian Trail Museum officially opens at 11 a.m. with a ceremony and programs throughout the day at its home inside a 200-year-old grist mill at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, two miles from the midpoint of the trail. Exhibits include thousands of pictures of hikers as well as features that tell the story of the founding and construction of the trail and those who first hiked it.

Gene Espy, who in 1951 became the second person to through-hike the trail, will attend as well as a daughter of Grandma Gatewood, who became the first solo woman to complete the trail at the age of 67 in 1955 (she later became the first person to hike the trail more than once).

The museum is free and open noon to 4 p.m. daily through Labor Day and weekends from Labor Day to Oct. 31. Contact: Appalachian Trail Museum Society

-Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: The new Appalachian Trail Museum opens Saturday inside a 200-year-old grist mill in south-central Pennsylvania. Credit: Robert T. Kinsey, courtesy of www.millpictures.com

By LA Times

Seven of the Cheapest Places in the US to Live

With the economy the way that it is today many individuals are looking for ways to save money and coming up with some pretty creative ideas. Everything from cutting back to cutting down to looking for deals has been thought of and tried in order to save some money. Some individuals even relocate to cities that have a lower cost of living so that they can live the way that they are used to but spend less money doing so. Many individuals assume that the cost of living is high everywhere but this is hardly the truth. There are a number of areas that have continued to stay steady regarding the costs of the things that we need the most. Some cities continue to have a competitive real estate market, low cost necessities, and lower taxes than other areas of the United States. Listed are seven of the many cheaper places in the US to live in no particular order, just in case you are thinking about relocating in order to keep the standard of living that you are used to even when it seems as if it is impossible.

@ hometips.com

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Although you may not think that you can live for cheaper in a big city Pittsburgh is actually a highly competitive when it comes to cheaper cities to live in. Although the unemployment rate is considerably high the cheaper cost of living tends to make up for it.

The Point Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Fort Collins, Colorado – This is an area with about half the unemployment rate of Pittsburgh with similar cost of living averages. Many cities in Colorado continue to grow because they can compete with many other cities in this manner.

Downtown Fort Collins Colorado (@ wikipedia.org)

Albany, New York – This is another bigger city with a significantly low cost of living. Because of its size and the fact that it is a capital city you get a lot of bang for your buck here.

Albany Skyline@ emsc.nysed.gov

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