Have you ever tried writing a book? I have at least 4 books rolling around in my head. I never get past page three out of complete frustration! However, my friend Jeanine, she did it and I am so darn proud of her!
Years ago Jeanine founded a group called Rhode Island Families in Nature. Her mission is to share her passion for the great outdoors with kids, grandparents, moms, dads and any significant other. It’s do-able, it’s accessible and it’s enjoyable. To quote Jeanine, “People who regularly spend time outside are happier, healthier, and even smarter than those who do not. And hey, let’s face it: it’s just plain fun to get outside and play!” Jeanine offers a monthly hike on her website. All you have to do is show up!
Now let me get back to the hard work part… So first she had to write the book – kudos right there! But there is so much more. Jeanine picked the most family friendly hikes from her own experience and then set out with a GPS app to painstakingly map out all 42 trails in her book. I went out with her a few times on this mission and I tell you she was counting how many steps from the tree until you turn left and documenting any inaccuracies in previous mapping attempts. She checked parking, strollers, time frames, you name it. Ok. so she got that done and then had quite a few more hurdles. On her own, no backing – her own money, Jeanine hired a map maker, an illustrator, an editor, a graphic designer and alas a printer! Each process took months and months and she saw it through all by her lonesome.
I received a text of this photo one day. To most of you this looks like a trunk full of boxes right?
To me, this photo was filled with so much symbolism, I just love it. I picture Jeanine all by herself, giddy and needing to share this with someone – anyone! I imagine when she looked at her car she must have thought ” HOLY SHIT I DID IT! This is real.There are actual boxes of my book in my trunk!” There will be a book launch party this weekend and a lot of celebration, but I’d imagine grasping the reality started with this trunk.
So I say to all of you who live in NY, CT, MA and RI – think HOLIDAYS!!! With this book you can go to a place where there are no cellphones or sirens. It’s quiet and you are hand in hand with the people you love. Sounds to me like a gift that will keep on giving!
Congratulations my friend. Job well done!
Book Launch Party: Join us on Sunday, September 27, as we explore the northern section of the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and celebrate the launch of The Rhode Island Family Hiking Guide and Journal!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
50 Bend Road, Charlestown