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Instagram post 2170560862045559959_7126283788 Query: The Next Thing?  It has been a little over a year since I finished my last "thing," a six-month-thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I have to admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed the downtime, even taking into account my knee-replacement surgery and subsequent rehab, both resulting from the aforementioned walk. The best part of the break: spending time with Laura, family and friends, and especially, our first grandchild, Sienna!

Interestingly, during this long break I have frequently been asked: "What's next?" I am sincerely gratified by the interest shown in my endeavors, and must admit that it has gotten me thinking again about "the next thing." So as I mull this over, I would be interested if you have any ideas that you wouldn't mind sharing as to what my next thing might be. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with!  #thenextthing  #newchallenge  #pushingtheenvelope

Query: The Next Thing? It has been a little over a year since I finished my last "thing," a six-month-thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I have to admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed the downtime, even taking into account my knee-replacement surgery and subsequent rehab, both resulting from the aforementioned walk. The best part of the break: spending time with Laura, family and friends, and especially, our first grandchild, Sienna! Interestingly, during this long break I have frequently been asked: "What's next?" I am sincerely gratified by the interest shown in my endeavors, and must admit that it has gotten me thinking again about "the next thing." So as I mull this over, I would be interested if you have any ideas that you wouldn't mind sharing as to what my next thing might be. Thanks, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with! #thenextthing #newchallenge #pushingtheenvelope ...

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Instagram post 2094419690210683931_7126283788 California Sunset. Beautiful sunset last night off Manhattan Beach in California. Wait, belay my last, what I meant to say, was beautiful sunset on the Third Coast here in Harbor Country, MI. A somewhat angry Lake Michigan certainly did its part to enhance the experience.  #thirdcoast #californiasunset #surfsup

California Sunset. Beautiful sunset last night off Manhattan Beach in California. Wait, belay my last, what I meant to say, was beautiful sunset on the Third Coast here in Harbor Country, MI. A somewhat angry Lake Michigan certainly did its part to enhance the experience. #thirdcoast #californiasunset #surfsup ...

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Instagram post 2090768254885069707_7126283788 New Plate. When I returned to civilian life after completing my A.T. trek last year, I decided to change my Michigan license plate and kicked around a number of possibilities before settling on the attached. Any thoughts on the relevance of the license plate number?  And for those thru-hikers in other states, I think that  there is a pretty good chance that this number is available if you are interested.  #2190.9  #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail

New Plate. When I returned to civilian life after completing my A.T. trek last year, I decided to change my Michigan license plate and kicked around a number of possibilities before settling on the attached. Any thoughts on the relevance of the license plate number? And for those thru-hikers in other states, I think that there is a pretty good chance that this number is available if you are interested. #2190.9 #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail ...

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Instagram post 1956223543223376525_7126283788 Here is a very nice post from Laura regarding a program that I did yesterday about my hike. Thanks, Mrs Santiago! :

Very proud of Fred R Jolly sharing his hiking adventures at Fernwood Gardens yesterday afternoon!  Nearly 70 people came out in the snow to hear tales and see photos/videos of his "long walk." He's still raising awareness of and funds for the National Park Foundation -- now more than ever they need our help!  See www.athike.jollyoutthere.com for coverage of his hike and more information on how to donate through Crowdrise.  Way to go, Sweetie!  #athike #fernwoodbotanicalgardens #thxmrssantiago @goparks

Here is a very nice post from Laura regarding a program that I did yesterday about my hike. Thanks, Mrs Santiago! : Very proud of Fred R Jolly sharing his hiking adventures at Fernwood Gardens yesterday afternoon! Nearly 70 people came out in the snow to hear tales and see photos/videos of his "long walk." He's still raising awareness of and funds for the National Park Foundation -- now more than ever they need our help! See www.athike.jollyoutthere.com for coverage of his hike and more information on how to donate through Crowdrise. Way to go, Sweetie! #athike #fernwoodbotanicalgardens #thxmrssantiago @goparks ...

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Instagram post 1930021838189121664_7126283788 The Certificate.  It is official now, I just  received my certificate from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy acknowledging my successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. They also included an "AT" patch and "2000 Miler" patch, free of charge. And the only thing that I had to do to receive the above, was walk the 2,190.9 miles from Georgia to Maine. Worth every step.  #thecertificate #appalachiantrail #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail @goparks

The Certificate. It is official now, I just received my certificate from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy acknowledging my successful thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. They also included an "AT" patch and "2000 Miler" patch, free of charge. And the only thing that I had to do to receive the above, was walk the 2,190.9 miles from Georgia to Maine. Worth every step. #thecertificate #appalachiantrail #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail @goparks ...

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Instagram post 1917698703955660085_7126283788 26,000. As you may recall, an important element of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, was to raise funds for the National Park Foundation (NPF), with my goal being to raise $25,000. Now that I have successfully finished my trek, I am pleased to report that to date I have pushed past my original goal, and have contributions and gift commitments that total $26,000! I would like to sincerely thank all of you who contributed and helped me achieve my goal. It is very much appreciated. And for those who haven't had the opportunity to contribute, please consider doing so by going to my website: www.athike.jollyoutthere.com. Contributions can be made through Facebook and Crowdrise, which can be easily accessed on my website. 
As I noted previously, our National Parks are a national treasure, and they need our support now more than ever. Thank you.  #26000 #nationalparkfoundation #appalachiantrail #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail @goparks

26,000. As you may recall, an important element of my Appalachian Trail thru-hike, was to raise funds for the National Park Foundation (NPF), with my goal being to raise $25,000. Now that I have successfully finished my trek, I am pleased to report that to date I have pushed past my original goal, and have contributions and gift commitments that total $26,000! I would like to sincerely thank all of you who contributed and helped me achieve my goal. It is very much appreciated. And for those who haven't had the opportunity to contribute, please consider doing so by going to my website: www.athike.jollyoutthere.com. Contributions can be made through Facebook and Crowdrise, which can be easily accessed on my website. As I noted previously, our National Parks are a national treasure, and they need our support now more than ever. Thank you. #26000 #nationalparkfoundation #appalachiantrail #2018appalachiantrail #nationalparks #backpacking #hiking @appalachiantrail @goparks ...

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Instagram post 1910455780721698811_7126283788 Radio Debut.  For those who are not in the area and might be interested in hearing about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I will be interviewed by Gregg Fraley on his Michiana Story Hour show this Tuesday evening, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. EST.  The program is at 93.5 FM, or you can listen to it online at: https://www.radioharborcountry.org. Just go to the site at the above time, and select "Listen Now." I hope that you enjoy the interview!  #radiodebut #radioharborcountry

Radio Debut. For those who are not in the area and might be interested in hearing about my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, I will be interviewed by Gregg Fraley on his Michiana Story Hour show this Tuesday evening, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. EST. The program is at 93.5 FM, or you can listen to it online at: https://www.radioharborcountry.org. Just go to the site at the above time, and select "Listen Now." I hope that you enjoy the interview! #radiodebut #radioharborcountry ...

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Instagram post 1886013285881184309_7126283788 Just Breathe. You didn't think these were going to end, did you?  #justbreathe

Just Breathe. You didn't think these were going to end, did you? #justbreathe ...

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