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One_who_waits
07-27-2010, 05:55 PM
4 hours for us

That being said, I'm going to go out on a limb and take the chance that this may be an unpopular question.


Can we think about approaching the raffles and prizes a different way? Wife and I stick around every year and win nothing :(. Then we drive 4 hours home.

There has got to be a better way. Can't we draw the winners durring dinner?

As STP grows, this will need to be adressed.

Anyone else feel this way?

BlueDog
07-27-2010, 06:38 PM
STP is a 12 hour drive for me.

kendra4
07-27-2010, 07:06 PM
My favorite part of STP is handing over the money I collected and seeing the smiles on the volunteers faces!
Thats my big win :)

One_who_waits
07-27-2010, 07:07 PM
WOW!!!! 12 hours

Is that total or one way????

My wife just corrected me and we won a water bottle this year.

We truely love the event, we do. And we will be there again next year. But we left before the party was over and still didn't get home until 11:30 pm. It makes for a very long day when you are up at 4 to be on the trail by 5 in hopes of beating any foul weather. We could have spent the night, but we already used vacation days and got a room at Joe Dodge. So it's not in our budget to stay another night.

I just think in might be better if prizes and awards were presented durring dinner.

One_who_waits
07-27-2010, 07:10 PM
My favorite part of STP is handing over the money I collected and seeing the smiles on the volunteers faces!
Thats my big win :)

My wife had a blast volunteering and collecting peoples money and I had a blast taking friends to the top on MW for their first time. They both loved the event and loved getting into the Obs. But they too wished the party ended a little earlier.

MOAB149
07-27-2010, 07:44 PM
it was hard to tell because our Tom-Tom pulled a HAL-9000 on us. My next purchase is a 2011 Road Atlas. I think it should have taken nine hours.

BlueDog
07-27-2010, 08:03 PM
WOW!!!! 12 hours

Is that total or one way????



That's each way. From the time I left Virginia until I return, I put 1,650 miles on the truck. This year and last, we headed over to the after party at Moose Brook, hung out for a bit and then hit the road. We try to get a few hours in, then sleep on the side of the road somewhere, and finish the drive on Sunday. Its a pretty tiring drive to do all in one shot.

There were some lulls in the action at times during the party, but I'm not sure what could be done to move things along. Things happen at a pretty good pace anyway. The problem with doing some awards/prizes during dinner is that you will always have someone that's in line getting food when their name is called.

Trailsend
07-27-2010, 08:22 PM
I drove seven hours the next day to Jersey shore after camping for the night at Dry River and yes it was a long seven hours but well worth the effort. I personally think the after party was just fine the way it was.

One_who_waits
07-27-2010, 08:38 PM
That's each way. From the time I left Virginia until I return, I put 1,650 miles on the truck. This year and last, we headed over to the after party at Moose Brook, hung out for a bit and then hit the road. We try to get a few hours in, then sleep on the side of the road somewhere, and finish the drive on Sunday. Its a pretty tiring drive to do all in one shot.

There were some lulls in the action at times during the party, but I'm not sure what could be done to move things along. Things happen at a pretty good pace anyway. The problem with doing some awards/prizes during dinner is that you will always have someone that's in line getting food when their name is called.

True, not everyone is there when their name is called. But STP has everyone's contact info. Maybe pull a name and if they aren't there......send it to them in the mail? Just a thought.

Wife and I know what putting an event like this together takes. It's a huge undertaking and STP does a great job. We championed "Hikers Summit" in Manchester, VT for years. MWWO was always there. Back when Brian Yeaton was part of the team. It was hard work.

I'm just thinking about the growth of STP. We would all like to see it get bigger and better. We all want new people to join in the fund raising.

Like I said before. We recruited two new people to raise funds and hike. They had a blast. But when we asked them if they are going to do it with us next year, their reply of how late they were getting home made me think.

My wife and I didn't plan on going home. We planned on breaking up the drive to see friends in northern, VT. But they bailed on us. Kid issues.

It's just a thought.


On a side note. We wish we had a chance to met some of you folks. Maybe next year.

Snow Miser
07-27-2010, 08:40 PM
We drove for about 8 hours each way, and it's always worth it. Left on Sunday morning at 8am and got home around 4pm. I too think the After Party was just fine this year. BlueDog does have a good point about why it wouldn't be good to do it during dinner. But who knows, maybe shot Scot a PM and throw around a few ideas? It seems like they are always looking for ways to improve the event every year.

Brad
07-28-2010, 05:29 AM
For the prior 3 STP events I drove 16 hours from NC. I would drive up Thursday after work - then work from home on Friday - hike on Saturday and drive back on Sunday. I am now full time at our cabin in Maine. So, it is 1 hour from the bed to PNVC. A lot nicer.

gerardfogarty
07-28-2010, 08:42 AM
We drove about 4.5 hours. 12 is a heck of a trek. I can't remember the last time I ever won anything in a drawing, anywhere, so I have just resigned myself to the fact that I won't. But, I love doing STP none the less. The camaraderie at this event is fantastic. I don't know anyone there but everyone acts so friendly. I count the days on the calendar til the next one, Thanks everyone

BlueDog
07-28-2010, 12:56 PM
Go ahead, rub it in Brad!

As far as suggestions, rather than send PMs to Scott, I'm sure they will send around a survey and/or have a thread on here. So start thinking now. Several of us at the dinner were talking about making it a multi-day hike next year, and finishing it on Saturday by hiking down to dinner. (I'm sure we'll do everyone the benefit of showering first!) :)

Great Guinness Ghost
07-28-2010, 06:17 PM
Go ahead, rub it in Brad!

As far as suggestions, rather than send PMs to Scott, I'm sure they will send around a survey and/or have a thread on here. So start thinking now. Several of us at the dinner were talking about making it a multi-day hike next year, and finishing it on Saturday by hiking down to dinner. (I'm sure we'll do everyone the benefit of showering first!) :)

That still sounds awesome! MeridenFF and I are gonna look at the maps and get back to you ASAP for input on that trip. Meanwhile, you're right, they have put out surveys in the past for suggestions. I already told Karen (in addition to the great job they all did) that if a thread hadn't been started, that I would, while it's fresh in peoples minds. So here I go.......