Stephen and Susan no longer have editorial control over the website, so I am posting this message from him that would be of interest to the older hikers who might still subscribe to the website but are not on the separate email list for hike announcements that go out to current hikers.
Stephen is now active on Facebook and has a small email group he’s updating with their adventures in their new hometown. If you’re a long-time Ithaca Hiker and want to stay in touch with Stephen, email him to be added to his email list, or find him on Facebook and follow him there.
Thanks to all!
Message from Stephen follows:
I’m going to put together a book from these 20 photos as a memento for myself of the last year I hiked with the group before I turned 70. The first photo shows the group having a tailgate birthday party for me in January as I turned 69. The last shot is from September, just before the web site opened and I began to post all the hike photos there. The photos in this album were all emailed to the hikers — I doubt if many people have copies of these shots so many years later.
I’m going to publish the memento book with a company Robin used to publish an album of her photoshop photos. It’s more expensive than the average online photo publishing operation but I thought Robin’s book was fabulous and I want mine to look as good as hers. I don’t actually know what the cost will be but I’m sure it’s not crazy high.
I go into all this because it’s possible some of the people who were hiking with the group in 2013 might want to buy a copy of the book after I get my copy and they can see what it looks like. A number of people who hiked with the group then are still active now. And I suspect that some people who are no longer active still subscribe to the Ithaca Hikers web site and follow along. The group was actually quite large in 2013 and there may be more than a few people who would like a souvenir of that year.
I’ve put the 20 photos into an album on my OneDrive account where anyone can look at them or download them. I chose shots that I think convey the spirit of the group in that year — it was very cheerful and people were clearly having fun.. I’m going to put a short preface in the book explaining what 2013 meant to me.