“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.
“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!