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Trails & Tales from the Wilderness Lecture Series

September 18, 2013

On Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m., Waterville Valley’s Rey Center will present the fourth lecture in their “Trails and Tales From the Wilderness” series featuring author Dolores Kong and her presentation, “Acadia National Park: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea.”

Kong is co-author of Hiking Acadia National Park.  In her Friday night lecture, she will share an author’s and hiker’s perspective on the trails, history and special nature of Acadia – the first national park east of the Mississippi – as it nears its 100th anniversary.

The White Mountains and deep woods of Waterville Valley seem worlds apart from the pink granite cliffs and open ocean views of Acadia National Park.  But if you consider that the same interest in hiking that formed the Waterville Valley Athletic and Improvement Association (WVAIA) 125 years ago also created the trail-building village improvement associations of Mount Desert Island of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  The similarities don’t end there.  Both Acadia and Waterville Valley feature 100+ year-old golf courses, thousands of acres of preserved land, miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails and night skies that beckon to star-gazers.  Perhaps we’re not so far apart after all.

Dolores Kong and her husband Dan Ring (pictured below) have hiked nearly all 120+ miles of trails in Acadia from the easy “Ocean Path” to the challenging “Precipice Trail” up Champlain Mountain. They co-authored the books Hiking Acadia National Park, Best Easy Day Hikes, and Acadia National Park.  If you have never been to Acadia – or even if you have – come learn about the first national park east of the Mississippi and why it’s ranked one of the top 10 most visited national parks in the country, even though it’s the fifth smallest.

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Autographed books will be available for purchase.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the art, science and nature programming at the Rey Center.

The Rey Center Friday Night Lecture Series is a great night out. Come into Waterville Valley for dinner at one of our local restaurants and attend a riveting lecture. All lectures are held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square. Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for non-members. For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit or email at  The “Trails and Tales From the Wilderness” lecture series is generously sponsored by Wayne and Barbara Thornbrough.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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