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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Pine Grove Furnace Road Trip

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 9, 2016 4:35 PM
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Host Scott LaMar with Nan "Drag N Fly" Rysinger and Carolyn "Freckles" Banjak at Pine Grove Furnace State Park broadcast. Both have hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail. Nan is the oldest woman to hike all 2,200 miles of the Trail.

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, August 8, 2016:

The Smart Talk program that airs Wednesday was produced at Pine Grove Furnace State Park within sight of the Appalachian Trail earlier this week.  It's the latest in the Smart Talk Road Trip series.

The next Smart Talk Road Trip is at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor's Center Thursday, August 25.

With Pine Grove Furnace at about the midpoint of the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, much of the discussion focuses on hiking and hiking culture.  Two of the guests on the program -- Nan "Drag N Fly" Rysinger and Carolyn "Freckles" Banjak -- have hiked the entire length of the Trail from Georgia to Maine.  In fact, Drag N Fly is the oldest woman to ever through hike the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail Museum is also located at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and we explore what the museum has to offer.

Smart Talk also touches on topics such as conservation, the outdoors, state parks, and history, including the history of the furnace that was used to make iron.

Appearing on Smart Talk are Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Joe Harold, Manager of the Appalachian Trail Museum, and Dr. Andre Weltman, President and Historian with Friends of Pine Grove Furnace State Park.

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