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Even at 87, John Neff is one of the Maine Appalachian Trail

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:32 am

Even at 87, John Neff is one of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s most dedicated volunteers
The club prepares the trail for the busy hiking season each spring.

...This May marked Neff’s 50th year working on the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park. A historian and former Methodist pastor who co-authored a book about the park, Neff loves to tell the story of how Gov. Percival Baxter, who over 30 years starting in the 1930s purchased 201,000 acres around Mt. Katahdin to give to the people of Maine.

The night before the Maine club began its work this year, Neff sat comfortably at a picnic table – among the black flies – and retold the tale.

And then he shared his research on Baxter’s first ascent of Katahdin in the 1920s. And with a historian’s insight, Neff explained how many believe that first trip up Katahdin sealed Baxter’s conviction to protect the land here, when he proclaimed at the summit: “I wouldn’t do it again for a million. But I wouldn’t have missed it for a million.”

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/06/04/e ... olunteers/
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