That is, the Lawson Trek is nearing its conclusion -- at least the Trekking part does.
I've made it my practice as I've walked this path not to plan too far ahead -- I like just kind of figuring things out as I go, which strikes me as highly Lawsonian and in the spirit. But as I near the end of the path and have to organize my final Heroes of the Lawson Trek, I've started planning my routes, and -- hokey smokes! -- I discover that I'm a bare five days of walking until I reach little Washington, where Lawson stopped and so shall I, sort of. I expect to hit Washington September 17.
So on September 26, Bath is participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live, a sort of gift from Smithsonian Magazine, encouraging museums and historic sites to waive admission fees for a day. You can get tickets to the Bath Site houses free here. As part of that daylong celebration -- there'll be living history, rope making, corn husk doll making, colonial games, all kinds of cool stuff -- the Lawson Trek will make its final advance, canoeing up Bath Creek into town at 2 pm. After that I'll talk a bit, answer questions, and take a deep breath before beginning to write the book about Lawson's journey, and my own.
Which, by the way, will still be documented on this website. I'll keep sharing cool stuff I find, even if it's found in books and interviews rather than along the path. Plus I'll be filling in the many, many gaps the complexity of planning, trekking, and updating have caused me to leave. So if you gave me your time in an interview and I took a million pictures and videos and you haven't seen any evidence of it on this site, trust me -- you will.
Anyhow: five walking days! A pretty-much certain end date in Washington! A guaranteed certain canoe-in date to Bath, nicely bookmarking the trek, which began last October with a canoe trip out of Charleston.
Hope to see you there.