"Thru-Hiking the Florida National Scenic Trail" McKinley 3/3 6:30PM

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    Christ the King Episcopal Church
    “Solvitur Ambulando: a Thru-Hike of the Florida National Scenic Trail” is the tale to be told March 3 by Mary McKinley at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society.

    The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

    McKinley says she is the first woman to do the southbound through-hike of the trail. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail approximately 1,100 miles long. It showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its terminals lie in Gulf Island National Seashore to the North and Big Cypress National Preserve in the South.

    McKinley worked in adult education for 37 years and is an adjunct professor in the math department at Northwest Florida State College. She started long-distance hiking when she was 50, and has hiked the entire 2,184-mile Appalachian Trail as well.

    McKinley was born and raised in Dallas and has lived in Niceville since 1999.

    The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.

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