Reputation vs Character

Saturday was another full day.  Although I was not "volunteering" at an event, it seemed to end up that way.  Somehow it seems that there's always room for another volunteer.

The event was a "Beaver Trail Hike" on a piece of property I've been dying to find out about.  Meeting one of the Board of Directors who was key in the formation of the preserve, I was happy when he told me it was open to the public.  The 600 acre parcel borders the river where the eagles have been seen and just happens to have a trail right along the river.  Now, how perfect is that?

The Pres had made plans to give a buddy a hand in cutting down some trees that day so, off I went...ready for a nice hike on a beautiful day.  Being the first to arrive, when I saw the female leader pull in, I knew I recognized her.  As she got out of her car and looked at me and I was looking at her we both pointed and said, "I've met you before."  introducing my self, she smiled and said, "We met on a paddle last year.  I'm so glad you're here.  You're a character!"  

(Hmmmm...reputation or character?  This seems to be coming up a lot lately   When living in VA, a good friend and I had a conversation about which is more important.  Think abut it...seriously.)

More and more people arrived, along with her two helpers and two volunteers from TLGV.  Bottom line is this.  The hike was a great success with abut 35 people attending and although we didn't see any beavers, there was plenty of sign along the trails. 

Considering all the rushing streams we had to cross were a little tricky, things were going along pretty well, until a woman toward "the back of the pack" realized that the sole was falling off of her hiking shoe. 

Two of the volunteers, serving as "sweeps", used tape to re-attach it for what we thought would be the remainder of the hike.  Once again we began moving up the beaver trail.  Quite honestly, the entire hiking party seemed to get a chuckle out of the incident revealing the talent and ingenuity of the Rangers.

When we came to the next body of water to cross and the woman from the rear stepped out into the open, we saw her other shoe had also fallen apart.  It was time to call in the "tape squad" again.

 Meeting even more people, the hike was one of a kind.  The conversation was good, and trekking through the cool water was actually refreshing.  Seeing the beaver trails and dams was even better.  It was a memorable hike...another adventure to look back on.

  So, which is more important...reputation or character?

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Reputation vs Character

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eileeninmd said…
Hello, so you are a character! I take that to mean you are a fun person. Looks like a great hike with a nice group of people. Neat view of the beaver dam.
Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!
What would this world be without duct tape. - Margy
Angie said…
Who comes on a hike with bad shoes? Ok, now that I have that off my chest … so glad you saw sign of beaver - I love them and they are so important to establishing habitat for other animals! When I was working, I would have put reputation before character - but now that I am retired, I wouldn't mind having a reputation for being a character!
Gayle said…
Reputation as a 'character' I would say ;) (among other excellent qualities) Beavers are steady workers.
These are lovely woodland shots, complete with shadows.
Stewart M said…
If it can't be fixed with tape, then its broken beyond repair I think!

I'd love to explore that area - even seeing signs of beavers would be good!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: I think most people class me as a 'bit of a character' - but I'm not sure thats a good thing!
Susie said…
Good thing they had that tape. What fun to see the tree that had been gnawed on. I have seen a huge beaver dam once , I was amazed at how very big it was. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
Character drives your reputation
Rambling Woods said…
I love that... a character...that is a good thing in my book. That looks like it could be kind of tricky to navigate, but fun...Michelle
betty-NZ said…
This sounds like a great way to meet other hikers and the 'tape squad' is fun but real bit along the way. As for character and reputation....other people are in charge of your reputation but only you are in charge of your character.

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