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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Another Hike

Today my brother, Richard ,and his wife, Carol, are beginning another hike.  Some may remember that a couple of years ago they did a through hike of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, all 2200 miles of it.  This time they are going to hike across North Carolina on the Mountain to Sea Trail. It is 950 miles.  It is a relatively new trail not fully developed yet. It begins at Clingmans Dome (The highest point on the Appalachian Trail ) , a wonderful lookout spot  in the Great Smokey Mountains and ending at Jockey's Ridge State Park  in Nags Head on the Atlantic Coast. It is roughly a diagonal crossing of the state from Southwest to Northeast.  I wish them well, while  this is less than half the distance of the Appalachian Trail and not over as challenging a terrain, for them it has additional  personal challenges they did not face doing the AT.

There is a story here.  Richard is two years younger than I am and Carol is older, about my age I think, so long distant hiking is a physical test I admire and only wish I was up to such an effort.  In their past, they have both been marathon runners but have had to condition themselves to begin long distant hiking in their retirement. The hiking  of the length of the Appalachian trail was a once in a life time achievement.

Upon finishing the AT  adventure Carol found out she had breast cancer. In the last couple of years she has been fighting this condition. At one point  she thought she had defeated the cancer and the two of them went on a recreational hike and vacation in Florida.  They returned to learn that there we cancer cells in Carol lymphatic system.  The battle against cancer was to be fought once again.

Recently, Carol was told she is cancer free. This hike, which they had been hoping to do was now going  ahead.

My brother, a few weeks ago had a new knee joint installed. I think he wore the last one out on the Appalachian Train.

So you see this hike has some personal challenges and it will bring some special rewards whether of not they are able to ultimately finish all 950 miles.  They earned the designation of the "Canadian Geese" while on the Appalachian Trail, so now we can say the Canadian Geese are taking flight once again.

PS: I don't have to tell you that the weather has been very hot. They are hoping for fewer 100 F degree days.

I will be following their Trail Journal where they will post entries and picture of their progress. from time to time.  I look forward to sharing in another great adventure.


At 1:07 p.m., Blogger samuel said...

I'm just the other side of the Appalachians in Tennessee, and we've set heat records this year. Right now we get a week of rain and much cooler temperatures, or so the weather channel predicts.

At 2:44 p.m., Blogger Sissy said...

I'll certainly be keeping up with their steps. Looks here as if they have started their walk in rain. Three days of soaking I've gotten; so very welcome but not for sloshing about in the downpours. Hopefully there won't be the sizzling temps for them in the days to come either. Great Good Luck to the Canadian Geese!

At 11:06 a.m., OpenID goodnightgram said...

I wish them both well. Thank you for sharing the link to follow them.

At 12:39 p.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

Thanks to the link to their journal, Philip. As a grad student I traveled through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It's a fabulous place to take a walk.

At 1:34 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

What an amazing couple! With this blasted foot of mine, hobbling around the block can be a challenge. Sigh.

At 1:46 a.m., Blogger Rachel said...

I think it's great that they are doing this! That would be quite an adventure. We have had rain and it's cooler than it was thankfully!
Thanks for sharing the link. Should be interesting.

At 10:03 p.m., Blogger KGMom said...

Goodness--they are far more adventuresome than I want to be and certainly more than I could be. My knees are not able to support me for such long hikes...sadly, I get too tired and achey. Ah, aging. It is not for the faint-hearted.

At 6:01 p.m., Blogger judie said...

Amazing! Lucky them and I envy them so much because I always wanted to do the App trail but was never able to. To trek across NC now will be a breeze for them after that. I have been to Clingman's Dome, many years ago. It's one of those places where one can "hear" the echo of silence. Best of luck to them. Again, I am soooooooooo envious!!!

At 3:58 p.m., Blogger Peggy said...

What a awesome hike they will be on! I am in the mountains for a couple weeks and the weather is fantastic or at least to me after the heat and humidity of Fayetteville. Maggie and family were at Clingmans Dome last weekend and watched a severe thunderstorm below them. Said is was so scary and awesome. Looking forward to following your brother and sister in laws adventures thru NC.

At 6:18 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I have great admiration for them, too, Philip. I remember their first trek and used to follow along on their journal.
Isn't it wonderful that they both enjoy the same thing and especially since it's such a challenge.


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