“Birch” is Tod Jones, a native of southern California who now lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For twenty years he taught English composition and literature at the University of Maryland College Park.
“Maple” is Karen, a 50+ year-old woman in a 60+ year-old body with the hiking ambition of a 30+ year-old. Professionally, she works in higher education administration. In her free time she plays the flute, paints with watercolors, and volunteers in disaster relief for the American Red Cross.
Tod and Karen plan on hiking, either making a complete circuit or hiking part of a trail, every available weekend. They will also frequently camp. This blog will describe their experiences.