Component of my AT journey was very first announcing my target to loved ones and pals. I applied social media to do this. A buddy of mine, told me a fellow retired military buddy had began the AT and he would let him know that I’d like to adhere to him so he would buddy me. Apart from my day-to-day coaching, my day’s highlight was to see exactly where Eric “ Mav”Eric”k Wilcox was and how his day went. I encouraged him and he opened the door for all my queries. I refrained and told Eric I’d wait till he was thru and barrage him with queries, meanwhile, get pleasure from your journey! A month or so soon after Eric summited Kathadin, we set a date to meet up at his dwelling in Tampa. Eric patiently spent the day answering queries and providing my pack a good shakedown. I listened intently to all of his guidance and valued his time and knowledge. Over the organizing months, Eric created exercise ideas, supplied nutritional details and recommended his “don’t miss favourite stops and experiences” on the AT! He was an exceptional mentor and I considerably worth his friendship and guidance. Thanks MavERICk!
The want to thru hike is so robust, every single one particular of my eventual tramily members left as solo hikers with the singular target of backpacking north to summit Kathadin. Even though we have been all solo, we have been all supported by our astounding loved ones and pals and along the way – every single other! The trail is an astounding location, solitude, beauty, challengesand surprises! Some of my fondest memories that surpass sunrises, sunsets and a million sparkling stars are the people today and experiences. Meeting new hikers, catching up with old pals, meeting trail angels and experiencing trail magic is unbelievable. If you gave me a like or comment on FB, The Trek or Instagram. Or a type reply – you have been an integral component of my individual journey. Meeting you, communicating with you or reuniting was a deeply specific encounter that I will usually cherish! For this I am Eternally grateful
(this was a note I sent to Hostels, outfitters and pals I met along the way with my postcard)
I want to “Thank my bride”, Denise for all of her help. Her efforts have been astounding- as well quite a few drop boxes to count, provide purchasing, final minuet shoe requests and amazon purchases, etc… she is my rock and created my journey go seamlessly and I definitely couldn’t have completed it with out her. She held down the fort and kept my concentrate on hiking and that is not an simple job! A different shout out my buddy and neighbor Ray for assisting Denise and operating to the post workplace for us ! Even obtaining flowers for Denise (for me) when she had a really hard day. Our youngest daughter Haley for her help, assisting with resupply, assisting Denise with quite a few tasks and maintaining the home operating! Also assisting on the dwelling front, our buddy Marion and my mother in-law Chris for selecting me up in New Jersey, assisting Denise and dog sitting Collin! Trail help was supplied by the following angels Michael & Barbara Cordisco, Shelby & John Hardin, Jean & Kevin Rawlin’s, Grandma Jane, Dave & Max ( Lucky’s loved ones), my buddy from grade college – Mark Severson and Brenda, Paula Sutherland ( Haley’s sorority sister), Greg Nichols, Greg Scheuler, Julian “Swede” Casola, Christine & Eric Trevorrow, Todd & Aida Cochran, Don & Rita Snively, Kerby & Cindy Loukes, John & Mary Smith ( Farmers in-laws), Debbie Van Etten ( my sister) final but no implies least – my hiking warriors and group Catmando – Mark & Kathy Duchesne – my hiking Household! Trail legends Fresh Ground, Flip Wilson, AT Gracie and Tom Lavardi! You guys are all beyond astounding!
My Tramily, for unyielding help, encouragement., friendship and borderline harassment for my pack size and snoring! Unbelievable trail memories, laughs and astounding enjoyable instances from these great, poor ass thru hikers Fortunate, Togs, Frozen, Murica, Resident Daddy (RD) and Farmer !The AT hiking neighborhood for your gracious help and encouragement.
I want to close my final AT weblog by “Thanking You “– for following, I hope you enjoyed my journey as considerably as I have. I hope to inspire you to adventure outdoors, whether or not it is a day hike or a extended hike – get pleasure from God’s beauty and creation. I also want to avail myself to enable in any capacity I can. Either use the Trek e-mail platform or FB – JC Van Etten- messenger to speak to me!
Delighted Trails !
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