It was May and Sandra and I were in Virginia for a trails conference when I got a call from my boss at South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) saying I needed to get back to the office for a very important meeting. I walked into a surprise party in the conference room. Buddy Jennings, PRT Director presented me with the Employee of the Year award. Pretty Wild. This is an award that is voted on by PRT employees. I was the State’s first Trails Coordinator (worked from 1995 to 2001). Was very heartening to know that employees around the state knew of what I was doing and thought it important enough to recognize my work. Was worth the early trip back home.