Just Over a Month to Go…
Look. I know you don’t care. I’m writing this more as a pep talk to myself more than for any other reason. I still like the “project” idea – heck, I love it to be honest – and I knew it would be difficult.
I won’t “complete” Ashen Manstaver by May 31st as I had planned/hoped, but I think I will come pretty close. In case you forgot, didn’t care, or are new here, Project Ashen Manstaver is my effort to “complete” five towns that were chosen by a random facebook commenter: ASHford, ENfield, MANchester, STAfford, VERnon.
My lists for each town are only as official as CTMQ is official (read: not remotely official) and will always be in flux to some degree. There are several CTMQ-worthy entities in Manchester and Stafford that won’t be open until later in 2017 or even 2018. There will be new trails, some closures, and as yet undiscovered gems.
I’m cool with that. The counts below are, the to best of my knowledge, based upon what is possible to do in the 5 towns before May 31st.
Total Things to Do/Visit/Experience/Write-About: 150
Total Done: 108
Total Written: 92
Again, I’m not going to get to 42 hikes and museums and “stuff” in the next 5 weeks. Looking at my caledar of other May commitments… yeah. Not going to happen. BUT! Goshdarnit, I’m still going to plow ahead. I’m moving my “Completion Date” out to June 30th and I will still begin Project #2: Dances with Dead Wolves in May as planned.
I am confident I will “complete” all 9 towns by… let’s say… Halloween 2017. (There are a TON of trails way out in Ridgefield, so this will haunt me.) That leaves only 160 towns to go.
I’m 44, by the way.
Also, to satisfy my weird and mild OCD, I’ve also been editing, proofreading, updating, and re-coding each and ever previously written page within the project. Don’t make fun of me.
Ashford: Pretty much just Joshua’s Trust Trails to complete – can do in two or three trips up there.
Enfield: 3 town museums don’t open until the end of May plus King’s Island and that’s it.
Manchester: I will complete all 66 visitable things in town by 5/31
Stafford: Some weird stuff here; trails I didn’t learn about until late, interesting businesses that are hard to pin down.
Vernon: Just a bunch of trails.
Y’know… Enfield, Manchester, and Vernon could be completed by 5/31. We’ll see.