“Happiness is in the small details.”

Quote and photo submitted by Haw River-area volunteer Margaret Lanier, who was reminded of this often by her mother. Photo taken along the Townsend Trail portion of the MST in Greensboro.

“Keep close to Nature’s heart…..and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

Quote and photo submitted by Beerdra, 2017 MST Completer. Shot is taken from a more recent hike on the Oregon Coast Trail.

“Earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Quote and photo submitted by Mary Stewart, 2018 MST Completer

“And if ever you should feel lonely, listen for the roar of the sea – for in it are all those who’ve been and all those to come.” – Simon Van Booy

Photo submitted by Lisa Speas, 2019 MST Completer.

“Pace, distance, and demographics are just details. The trail brings us ALL together and we all need to work together to protect and preserve our natural areas.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis

Photo of Central Blue Ridge task force volunteer Billy Williams, submitted by MST Trail Resource Manager Jim Grode. Jim was out checking a few things and ran into Billy out working on the MST near Table Rock right before volunteer works was ceased.