Monday, December 14, 2009

still haven't found the camera cord.

Friday, July 17, 2009


We're in Boulder, CO staying with our friend Amy. Thus far on our trip we've slept under a full moon on the Buffalo National River; we've seen Martian-like landscapes in the Badlands; we met Theodore Roosevelt at Devil's Tower; we saw Wild Bill get killed during a card game at the No. 10 Saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota; we stopped in to Buffalo Bill's Sheridan Inn; we've seen bears, bison, and birds at Yellowstone; we've camped on a lake in the shadow of the Grand Teton, we've driven on the highest paved road in America--we're almost to the halfway point. We'll post the pictures as soon as we find the cord which connects the camera to the computer. 

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Hannah's grandma passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon, so we'll be hanging low in Florida for a few days and then heading out after the memorial service.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

An end with new beginnings....

We made it to Harper's Ferry, West Virigina, on Sunday, and after dropping off our things at the hostel, hiked an extra mile to the Maryland state line. Harper's Ferry is the "psychological half-way point" for the AT, because it is just shy of the actual midpoint and is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where we stopped in and became members. We have decided to make Harper's Ferry the endpoint of our AT journey for now. We will return someday to finish the trail and reach Katahdin.
On Monday we took a train to Washington, D.C. and visited a bunch of memorials and museums. It's a great place to visit since almost everything is free! Tuesday night we took a train from D.C. to visit our friend Jim in Gettysburg, PA. He works as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Park, and is working on his PhD at UF. On Wednesday, we toured the park museum and cyclorama and had a personal 6 hour tour with Jim around the battlefield. It was such a great experience!
More adventures to come; we're planning to head out West!'ll keep you posted on where we go next!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Almost through Virginia...

We've made it to Bear's Den hostel which is in the middle of a part of the trail called "The Rollercoaster." It's a 13.5 mile section of steep and rocky ups and downs; we're exhausted! So it's great to have a bed and a shower tonight. It's the cleanest (and cleanest smelling) hostel we have been to--they have a thru-hiker special which includes a bed, shower, load of laundry, pizza, soda, and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

Tomorrow we cross into West Virginia! That will be the 5th state we've come through. The next day we'll get to the town of Harper's Ferry and cross over the 1,000 mile mark as well. Thank you for all of the comments! More soon...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Taking it slow

We're taking another zero day here in Waynesboro, VA. Just to keep you all updated, we've decided to ditch our plan of reaching Katahdin by August 8th, and are gonna take it slower so that we can enjoy ourselves a bit more and treat our bodies a little better. We'll just go as far as we can get by that date and return later to finish someday. Trying to complete the trail in 4 months was pretty tough, especially having to do 21-25 miles a day, and didn't leave much time to stop and smell the roses. Now we understand why people take 6-7 months to finish. We would pretty much just wake up, hike, eat, hike, sleep, hike, etc. So we've decreased our average daily mileage to about 15 miles. This next week as we go through Shenandoah National Park, we're going to go even slower to try to put some weight back on Mike. Thanks again for all of your love, support, and prayers. It's actually become quite fun again!