“Several of our patrons have commented on your website and Facebook page.  I was wondering if you do talks and would be interested in coming to our library?” Arlene asked via email last week, from the Stanford Free Library in northern Dutchess County.

I hesitated.  I don’t really DO talks.  I mean, I do talk, on occasion, to varying degrees of success.  But DO TALKS?

“I’m flattered to be asked!  Absolutely, sign me up,” I replied, before I could stop myself.

So on Thursday, October 11, at 6:30pm, I’ll be at the Stanford Free Library (Google Map link) to talk about Hike the Hudson Valley, awesome fall hiking destinations, gear, camping, that time I fell on my face whilst wearing a child, Instagram, rattlesnakes, motivating your family to hike with you even though they don’t want to hike with you, and anything else anybody would like to talk about.

“I’ll hang some flyers at our library and other libraries in the area, but we usually plan a little further ahead,” Arlene said, concerned that we wouldn’t have enough time to run a proper marketing campaign for this talk that I’m apparently doing.

There’s a flyer. No going back now!

“I’ll blog about it!  And put it on Facebook!” I said.  “That might help.  Or it might not.  I have no idea.”

In any event, I have absolutely loved corresponding with local hikers through Hike the Hudson Valley over the years, and am excited for this opportunity to meet some of you in real life for the first time.  Please come by and say hello if you can!  And if you have any topics you’d like me to cover, please let me know in the comments below!  (I take requests when I do talks.  Because I do talks now.   It’s a thing.)

Special thanks to Arlene and the Stanford Free Library for the invitation!  I truly am flattered to be asked, and will do my absolute best to deliver an entertaining and informative talk for the folk(s) who show up.

Hope to see you there!



Comments (5)

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  1. Cathy Gettys

    I love your site! I use it, print it out and share it when I’m done. I tell anyone looking for a hike to go to your site. Thanks for making them easy to follow and fun to read. You’ll do great at the library! And if you ever hit northern Greene county, we’d love to have you at our local library.

  2. Elise Burns

    Can your talk event be recorded? I can’t make it on time because I work and live too far to make it but would love to see it.

    1. Mike

      Thank you so much, Elise! Really appreciate the thought. Since this is my first time out, I’m going to focus on the folk(s) in the room, but if this turns into a thing, recording may be a good idea for a future one. (I’m getting the idea maybe I should have snatched up one of their weekend slots instead. There’s a lot to learn about the library speaking circuit!)

  3. Danish Syed

    Hi Mike,
    This is great!! On behalf of my entire family (wife and two kids) I wish you great success in your talk. If it wasn’t on a weekday and we weren’t in White Plain’s, we would’ve loved to come up and meet you to personally thank you for your blog. Last Sunday atop Mt. Beacon fire tower I was thinking if Mike wouldn’t have written it, I might still have found out about the hike sooner or later but without all that directions and guidance I’d have never dared to bring my two kids (4 year old and 2 year old) on this (and most of these) hike(s). So again, keep up the good work. Hoping to catch one of your “talks” soon 🙂

    Best Wishes.

    1. Mike

      Thanks so much, Danish! I really appreciate the kind words, and am glad the site has been helpful to you and your family. Hope we can catch up one of these days — we’ll see if I still do talks after next Thursday 🙂

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