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22 - CAPE GAZE'I'YE, Friday, Marsh 28- April 8, 1997 Couple leaves Lewes for seven month trek on Discovery Trail By Michael Short and Rosanmr Pack Bill and Laurie Foot remember the end of their Appalachian Trail hike. "When we finished the Ap- palachian Trail, we were laughing and crying and did not know how to act," he said. "It [hiking] just becomes a way of life." The Virginia couple began an- other trek on Tuesday as they set off to hike and bike the American Discovery Trail. Their journey will snake more than 6,000 miles from the tip of Cape Henlopen to the Pacific Ocean. To see the pair of cross country bikers off on a 6,356 trip, Con- gressman Michael Castle mounted his bike and rodd a .ways with Laurie and Bill, better known as the Happi Feet. Greeting them at the Pavilion in Cape Henlopen State Park, Castle presented them with state park logo shirts and wished them the best as they pre- pared to bike and hike the length of the American Discovery Trail. As they pulled on their new shirts, Castle said, "It takes some- one with a tremendous passion for the outdoors and love for hiking to dedicate seven months of their lives to making a trek across country so that others may enjoy a similar expedition in the future. "I'm pleased to be here to show support for Bill and Laurie as they leave today for their adventure, and to show support for the ADTY The shirts fit perfectly and the Happi Feet pledged to wear them all along the trail. The Discovery Trail is the first coast-to-coast environmental na- ture trail; it stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore in Cali- fornia. Along the route, the trail crosses America, from the mighty Sierra Nevada to the flatlands of the Eastern Shore. It goes through or leads to more than I0,000 cul- tural, historical and natural sites of significance, 14 national parks and 16 national forests. The trail passes through lone, Utah, a town of seven residents with one store, and it passes through 100 miles of Utah and Nevada desert where there isn't a drop of water. But it also passes through metropolitan areas like Denver and St. Louis and lies within 20 miles of 32 mil- lion residents. In many ways it is America's trail. "It makes people realize they can do apart of it. Itis right there," said Laurie Fool It's a young trail, which can on- ly trace its beginnings back to 1989. "The American Discovery Trail combines the best of the back country with jaunts through small towns and big cities and captures the diversity of landscape and experience that is the United States," according to The Ameri- can Discovery Trail Explorer's Guide. Tuesday was the official begin- ning of the trip, but they have al- ready covered two short sections of the ADT in Ohio and West Vir- ginia. It was enough to give them a taste of what is to come and to reaffirm their belief that such trips bring out the very best in people, "It brings you face to face with some of the most wonderful peo- ple," she said, as the couple re- laxed with friends on Monday night at the Bay Moon Bed and Breakfast in Lewes. "People have hearts of gold," he said, noting that during their 210- mile hike in Ohio, people called friends to make sure they had a place to spend the night, mended his ripped shorts and offered them homemade iced tea. It's .not un- common for total strangers to of- fer rides or a night's stay. "Walking the Appalachian Trail restores your faith in humanity," he said. "The ADT will also be a great experience, but in a totally different way." "You very rarely have a nega- tive experience," he added. Here are some excerpts from the e-mail they have been sending to friends. The couple plan to find a computer every few days in order to stay in touch with a constantly growing network of electronic friends following their every move. From March 8 in Ohio, 'q'oday, we hiked through the Tar Hollow State Forest, mostly on trails. By early morning, we reached the fire tower and met two scout leaders tending camp while the boys were off on a hike. Continued on page 25 Preparing to roll out of Cape Henlopen State Park, on their way along the American Discovery Trail to Point Reyes, Cali- fornia, Bill and Laurie Foot get a farewell visit from Rep. Michael Castle, right. The Sussex county flag license tag comes with stainless screws for easy mounting. Cape Gazette Salutes Sussex On the eve of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their independence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes elements related to the county's earliest European set- tlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in .the early and mid 1600s, and the English who later, under William Penn's guidance, confirmed that Delaware's southernmost county ihould be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following background history for his design: "The flag of the Nether- lands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the propor- tions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County seal should be identified by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal Dutch colors, thereby making a colorful and easily recognizable flag." Scott's design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with ScoWs design idea and has created a new license tag New Subscriber Special- for the front of Delaware vehi- cles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes's award-win- ning artist Connie Costigan and commissioned a new version of ScoWs design with a little artis- tic license. Using a representa- tion from a stained glass win- dow in Grooms Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costi- gan's shock was then superim- posed on the Dutch colors to create the latest edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sus- sex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag isavailable free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to non-sub- scribers at a cost of $10. The tags, metal with baked- on enamel paint to capture the vibrant colors of the Sussex County flag, come with a pair of stainless steel screws for easy mounting. d00AFe-d00GAZETTg00 The New Sussex County Flag License Tag Subscriber Special Please sign me up for a one year's subscription to the Cape Gazette and send me a tag. CHECK ONE: El $25 SUSSEX Ds4o OUT-OF-COUNTY El ,3o SNOWBIRD My Name, MyAddress MyPhone (My Second Address). 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