Georgia to Maine - - Please join me from start (4/1) to finish (8/10) - 132 days!!!!!

Bethlehem, NH
I have completed my thru-hike of the AT from Georgia to Maine; I started 4/1 and completed 8/10/10. I decided to do this thru-hike in memory of my brother Michael and in turn decided to turn it into a fundraiser. All money raised went to the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country which gives year-round opportunities in sports and recreation to people with physical or developmental disabilities. My wife Pam and I got involved with this program because it allows us to help people with disabilities enjoy the outdoors like we do and my brother Michael did. Michael was born mentally challenged, and he loved to visit us in the North Country of NH and go hiking. He also loved the outdoors and did many other sports. So, to help others do this and other outdoor activities is a TRIBUTE to him, and an HONOR to us. Many of you have helped me along my journey and donated (follow donation link) directly to a secure website. All donations have gone and WILL CONTINUE to go to ASPNC – nonprofit org to help assist others to hike, ski, kayak, snow shoe..etc… Thank you all in advance for your kindness & generosity, Dave & Pam Smith

Monday, April 12, 2010



Many of you had been asking me what animals Dave has been seeing. I finally had a long enough conversation with him to ask him. He says he saw a Kangaroo on the approach trail the night before he started the trail. Are you kidding me??? YES! A KANGAROO! So happens there is a Kangaroo Conservation Center in Dawsonville, GA . It has been in business 26 years and has 12 different species. Well, one got loose near the trail! Dave said him and my parents were tired from the long drive up from Florida and wanted to check out the area before Dave started hiking the next morning and as they were leaving Amicalola State Park something weird ran partially out of the woods. It was large and brown. They all just figured it must have been a deer since it was dark out. Never expecting it to be a kangaroo. How bizarre is that???? Dave didn’t tell anyone on the trail because he didn’t want to be the weird one. Well, in hiking w/Mr Vix (here from England to hike the trail), Mr Vix stated he actually saw the kangaroo on the trail when he started out. So, then they both research it and sure enough there is a kangaroo wildlife center. So both weren’t seeing things. Thank goodness!

Here is a picture from their website.

Other than that Dave says he has seen mice, birds, chipmunks, squirrels and early one morning he got to see 3 deer.


  1. Cindy Noyes14/4/10

    Smitty....Pony Tail Dave....Love it.....I wouldn't of said anything either LOL!!!!

  2. Omg Kangaroo's?? That is the best. I love the picture. I've never seen a kangaroo. Imagine that just hiking, and a kangaroo pops out? Pretty cool. [: