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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 20 - December 26, 1996 - 23 CAPE LIFE Woman f'mishes cross continent walk at Cape Henlopen By Dennis Forney Somewhere out in Ketchum, Idaho, where the adventurou bones of Ernest Hemingway rest, a "hippie dude" in a juice bar may have felt a flood Of cool saltwater flow through his spirit last Sunday morning. That was the day Ananda Woyar waded into the choppy surf of the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen State Park with a forty pound pack strapped to h& back and a pocket-knif size piece of quartz crystal clutched tightly in her right hand. The "hippie dude" in Ketchum gave Ananda the crys- tal in the fall of 1995. "He told me to throw this into the Atlantic when I finished my crossmg," said Ananda. "He said that would mark the end of the trip. But I didn't want to throw the crystal. Having the experience I was finishing, it was hard. But I was grateful he ga,e me this way to define the ending moment." Her boots filling with ocean, and the surf roiling around her, Ananda paused a few moments before throwing the crystal into a breaking wave. Then, with a smile born of a sense of great accomplishment, the 26 year old turned her strides westward for the first time in more than a year and a half and walked up the beach amid the applause of friends and family. The last time Ananda bad her foot in an ocean was On April 1, 1995 when she started out from the Pacific Ocean, at Seattle, Washington, to start walking east- ward across the United States. By the time she stepped into the Atlantic, her total trip included 3,900 miles. "It's been one year, eight months, and fifteen days," said Ananda Sunday morning as she set out for her last few miles from the Cape Henlopen Motel in Lewes. "What I'm feeling now is relief and glee. I'm glad I finished the walk and I'm glad it's over." Ananda started her walk with another woman - Betsy Castle - as an effort to raise funds for salmon preservation in the northwest. "I saw a flyer talking about the trip and I couldn't get it out of my head. I knew about Peter Jenkins' book "Walk Across America" and the thought of sleeping under the stars for 365 days Of the year appealed to me. So I" called Betsy up. We got along well and I decided to go. I had just graduated from University of Washington with a degree in English so it seemed like a good time." The original group of walkers included four. "Our fundraising efforts were going slowly and the others wanted to delay but I pressed to get going. It ended up only Betsy and I starting. Our plan was to solicit donations and sell T-shirts along the way." Ananda and Betsy stayed together until they reached McPherson, Kansas at which time they decided to go their separate ways. "I think Betsy is still on her way but I'm not sure where she is at this point." joins with Roxy Within two hours of thinking ihat maybe it would be good to walk with a dog, Ananda hooked up with a six month old greyhound and Labrador mix named Roxy. Continued on page 24 Ananda Woyar, Roxy, and Ananda's mother, Beth Adams (behind Roxy) stand at the sign in Cape Henlopen State Park designating the eastern end of the American Discovery Trail. With her are some local folks and some people who Ananda met and was hosted by along the way including two New York City spelunkers she caved_with in West Virginia. Among the locals in the photo are Judy Bye (left of Beth) who hosted Ananda i.n Georgetown, and Jdy's son Nevin and Ray Riniker to the far right of the photo. At right, Ananda and Roxy in the surf at the end of their journey. Martha returns to make us feel unworthy your underwear drawer. There is a little bit of Martha Stewart in all of US. And this year'S special, once again, was full of surprises and helpful at-home tips. Now, Martha always starts her program at the front door of her home. And you notice that even in the middle of this holiday season, she still keeps her sense of humor. In keeping with this year's theme for the holidays, "if it doesn't move, it can be gilded," Martha has cleverly hidden 1Che cars up on blocks by planting a row of miniature trees sculpted in the shape of her ex-husband's head, who coincidentally is work- ing as her pool man. And you can barely see the 800 Chinese slave huts; the barbed wire fence is smartly covered over by a rare, endangered form of cab- bage that is used as a garland. But check out the door! It actually shuts and the door knob is fas- tened to the frame. I don't know, how she does it. But let's get right to it. The biggest headache for people before Christmas, besides the fact that you don't know how to make Wassail or even what it means, is wrapping presents. You want that nice clean look and those crisp corners instead of those teeth marks and dents; so that your package doesn't look like some- thing is actually growing in there or is attached to some magnetic field., There is nothing that drives Martha bonkers more than a messy package. Well, maybe mustard stains. And Martha, being the clown that she is, insists that all wrapping be done on a clean, cleared table, knowing that eliminates ninety percent of her audience, who haven't seima clean table since it was delivered. This year Martha is wrapping her gifts with the hides of endangered cattle only found in a small remote areas of Mongolia. Most people make the mistake of cutting their paper with a dull scissors or ripping'it along a sharp surface. But Martha shows us that in order to properly wrap a Christ- mas package, you need to line the box up with a sextant and then This is one of my favorite times of the year. With absolutely noth- ing done on your holiday list, you oen still curl up on the couch with a glue gun and some #18 inch wire and watch the real expert on the "Martha Stewai-t Special," turn your home into a maze of enchant- ed ornaments by folding and refo!ding tiny pieces of paper, over and over again, until'the very life blood is sucked out of you. Oh, come on now, I know that more than a few of you have wmt- fully eyed those empty pizza box- es in your neighbor's trash, won- dering just how you could add some colorful yarn and powdered sugar to make an exquisite pack- age to place under the tree. It's O.K., you can admit, for all the joking around, you've been hoarding away those plastic twists from hefty bags and more than once, someone has walked in on you as you were counting those pipe cleaners hidden in the back of AROUND TOWN Dennis Fomey photos adjust the size of the paper by tap- ping into an orbiting satellite and carefully cut along the edges with a cutting tool from around the 1800's. With this method, that extra one inch of paper is not wasted. But the real highlight of this year's show was a surprise drop-in guest, Michael Jorden of the Chicago Bulls. The Pope can- celled at the last minute. You could tell Martha was blown away by Michael Jordan's appearance, just by the way she kept stepping in front of him whenever the cam- era was on. Well, if you missed the Martha Stewart special this year, you will just have to satisfy that need by folding this column, then baking it, sticking gold leaf on it, sprin- kling it with worry beads and cut- ting along the edges for a beautiful Christmas ornament. Of course, you could have done this from the beginning. Nancy Katz