A long distance hiking trail that starts at the peak of Springer Mountain in Georgia, and ends at the peak of Mount Katahdin in Maine.
Made it to the summit with no view! Happy it was cool weather, though! My wife, who didn’t want her picture taken, hiked with flip flops on😳!! Due to my 10 year old forgetting her hiking shoes! What a trooper! I was insanely impressed with my brides determination! We had the flip flop issue and a small water issue, but she made it to the top! Only her 3rd time hiking! All mountains! She’s awesome!
First of all I would like to thank everyone who will see my journal. This is a huge undertaking for me, and I do wonder what the hell was I thinking at times. Then I realize this is for those veterans who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedoms.
I am representing the Brothers in Arms Foundation during my thru hike. My goal is to raise funds for this amazing organization. Please look them up at: www.brothersinarmsfoundation.org
If you enjoy my journal please share it far and wide. Visibility helps me stay motivated and lets us never forget our fallen brothers and sisters in arms.
Leaving the campground the day after our hike we met these AT thru-hikers who had started from Georgia late February. So fun to chat and cheer them on for their last AT push - Kathdin! The guy on the left - trail name Traveller - couldn't wait to shave off that wooly patch on his face :) The guy on the near right is from Edmonton, AB, Canada. And the other fellow on the right in the background and the girl sitting in the front got married a few days before they started the AT. Their trail names were Honey and Moon. Love these AT stories and achievements. Both sets of parents of the newly-weds were here - they had provided this morning feast (trail magic!) - you see the scrape on Traveller's knee? That is fresh blood from scraping the rock "table" this picnic was sitting on: I'm thinking after the 100-mile Wilderness this food looked pretty inviting!
Taking a breather under the canopy not too far from the "finish line" - car in the parking lot @hammerhead got his mo-jo happening and had pushed on ahead :)