Hungry but Happy

Hungry but Happy

Six days and 52 miles into Santiago’s journey I met up with him in Hiawassee, Georgia, just to see how we was doing.  This little come-off-the-trail weekend was helpful for him — he took a couple of hot showers, slept two nights in a comfortable bed, took...
And off he goes….

And off he goes….

It is estimated that thru-hikers will take 5,000,000 steps on the trail.  Here are the first 25 of Santiago’s 5,000,000….
It’s Go Time!

It’s Go Time!

Here we are at the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail —  Springer Mountain, Georgia.  Fred’s Navy buddy Perry and his wife Dee Dee drove us up here this morning – March 25th – not coincidentally, Fred’s 62nd birthday.  We all...
Fred’s Journey Makes The Paper

Fred’s Journey Makes The Paper

Fred’s upcoming journey has captured the attention of our local paper, the New Buffalo Times.  Staff writer Francesca Sagala interviewed Fred last week and wrote a nice piece about him and his six-month hike to raise funds for the National Park Foundation. ...
Fred Put in the Miles!

Fred Put in the Miles!

About twice a week last summer Fred would have me drop him off in the country somewhere, and like a homing pigeon, he would hike back home.  These early hikes were around 10 miles without a heavy pack, but as the summer went on, he loaded weight (sand in gallon milk...

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