I had a letter in my mail last week from WVAIA – Waterville Valley’s outdoor club. It was a rather lumpy envelope that hinted of swag. Upon opening I discovered a very cool, old school-type commemorative patch marking WVAIA’s quasquicentennial anniversary. I’ll save you a Google. Quasquicentennial is 125 years!
If you can’t read the letter in the photograph, then let me summarize. WVAIA needs our help. The non-profit organization is run by a small cadre of dedicated volunteers with donations from a relatively small percentage of the people who use and enjoy Waterville Valley’s historic hiking trails.
As Dan Newton, the organization’s president, noted in the last paragraph, “The WVAIA could spend its entire budget for five years in a row on Welch and Dickey alone and not get all the work done that needs to be done to maintain this very busy trail. ‘Time’s winged chariot’ has taken its toll on Cascade Path, Mount Tripyramid Trail and Goodrich Rock Trail. If you love these trails, or any of our 22 miles of historic routes, please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to a very worthy cause…After 125 years you still have a chance to be part of history.”
Make your check payable to WVAIA and mail to PO Box 412, Waterville Valley, NH 03215.