Sept. 17, 2020

Episode #236 - Sandi Marra (President and CEO of the ATC)

Episode #236 - Sandi Marra (President and CEO of the ATC)

Difficult decisions in the time of Covid

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This week, we have Sandi Marra on the show. Sandi is the President and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and has had to make some tough decisions during the 2020 hiking season. With a longtime love of hiking and volunteerism, Sandi combined both to give most of her life to the Appalachian Trail and its hikers. I wanted to bring her on to the show to find out the thought processes behind the 2020 closures, and she responded with thoughtful and decisive answers.

Typically, her choice of links to share with listeners is illuminating. If you want to find out more about the Conservancy, go to

If you want to help, either through volunteering with or joining the organization, go to or

Mr President is fast discovering the joys of Pennsylvania, delighted that he invested in a fresh pair of shoes before he hit the state. He met up with two old friends and even met a listener.

Fozzie's Balancing on Blue reaches the magnificent Virginia Triple Crown of Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs. He also bumps into a stranger in need and steps up to help.

This week, I got a wonderful surprise in the shape of a beautiful map from a listener, Don Robinson. Listen to how this all developed in the show, but check out You won't be disappointed!!

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