Friday Q&A with Joe O’Donnell
Age: 70Title: President of the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis ClubHow long have you been involved with the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis? I’ve been there about 10 years. This is my first year as president.Explain what the photo is all about. I’m president of the local club, we have different kinds of activities and hikes that we do all the time. The photo was taken on Williams Peak. It’s a snowshoe trip for me, but some of the other guys skin up and ski down the mountain.It’s about a two mile hike up to the peak. It’s not too difficult. I’m 70, so, it’s not too bad. But it seems like it’s getting longer, and every year I think the mountain gets a little steeper.What other hikes have you done? Well, we climbed Mount Elbert last summer. It’s the tallest peak in Colorado, and that is one long hike. We do a lot, snowshoe trips, and hikes.How many times have you hiked Williams Peak? I’ve lived here since 1990, and I’ve hiked it every year that I’ve lived here. At least once a year for the past 10 years. We try to do it every winter.How did the idea arise? There is a wood post up there, it may have been a weather station there at one time, I think. We just mounted the flag to the pole. We thought it might be nice to have an American flag up there.Whose idea was it to place a flag on Williams Peak? I did. It was something I’ve been thinking about doing for a year. I just thought it would be fun, and would be neat for people who do the climb to see the American Flag up there. It’s a pretty popular hike.Why did you want to have an American flag on the peak? I just thought that with all the problems we’ve got going on in the world, it’s nice to see the flag out there. We are going to make an annual trip out of it, to replace it. It’s pretty windy up there and we’ll just have to see how badly the flag gets torn up.The Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club meets every Tuesday at the Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs.
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