Jeff Howell is an enthusiastic outdoorsman, blogger, and a great friend of Woolx. We’ve had the pleasure of reading about Jeff’s adventures on the Ozark Trail on his blog missourihowell.com. We were delighted when Jeff asked us if Woolx would like to contribute to a fundraiser/trivia night supporting the trail association. Read his reflections on the evening below to find out more about The Ozark Trail, and how Team Missouri Howell fared in the cut throat trivia competition!
Nothing compares to giving back. Finding something you care deeply about and donating time and/or talents to support it is euphoric. That’s how I feel about the Ozark Trail. Being a Missouri-based backpacker, I am a big fan of the OT. It is the best backpacking trail in the state. In order to keep it that way, I donate to the Ozark Trail Association (OTA), whose mission is, “To develop, maintain, preserve, promote, and protect the rugged natural beauty of the Ozark Trail.”
The Ozark Trail is a National Recreational Trail that winds through some of the most scenic parts of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. There are about 250 miles of maintained trail on the OT. There are plans to extend the trail northward to the outskirts of St. Louis, and southward to the Arkansas border. Once there, the OT hopes to link up with Arkansas’ similarly-named Ozark Highland Trail, and one day allow backpackers to trek from St. Louis all the way to Fort Smith, Arkansas. In addition to that goal, there are still sections that need to be added within Missouri. And, as with all trails, the whole thing needs a lot of tender loving care through trail maintenance.
Accomplishing their mission requires money. Every February the OTA holds a trivia night fundraiser. At “trivia nights,” teams buy tables then compete against each other in a trivia contest. The OTA’s event consisted of ten rounds of ten questions. Each round covered a different topic. This year’s trivia night included topics such as ‘Missouri Rivers,’ ’80’s Cover Songs,’ and ‘Time Travelers.’ Teams are encouraged to bring their own food and snacks, and the beer is provided, so it ends up being a really fun social event. Throughout the evening, volunteers sell raffle tickets and people bid on silent auction items.
Team Missouri Howell finished in second place this year, one point behind the champions. If memory serves, we answered 84 out of 100 questions correctly.
This year, the OTA asked me to secure a few items for the silent auction and raffle. When I asked the good people at Woolx, they jumped at the chance to support the OTA. They were kind enough to donate several neck gaiters and beanies. As we all know, backpackers can’t have enough beanies! Those items were raffled off and the proceeds helped the OTA surpass their fundraising goals for the evening. The OTA is extremely grateful for companies like Woolx, who are dedicated to helping folks get outdoors and experience trails like the Ozark Trail.
Thank you Jeff! We’re very proud Woolx could be part of such a fun evening, and help support a great cause like the Ozark Trail Association! For more ides on how to help support your favorite outdoor areas, check out Woolx in Action team member Justin Knowles Woolx Life post 5 Ways to Give Back to the Outdoors. If you’re interested in visiting the Ozark Trail yourself be sure to check out the OTA website and their Ozark Trail Trip Planner.
We look forward as always to reading more about Jeff’s upcoming adventures in Missouri and beyond on his blog missourihowell.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter @MissouriHowell and Instagram @missourihowell.