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, May 31, 2010

Friday 5/28

Ponytail hit the 2 MILLION foot step mark. 3 Million more to go. What an accomplishment! Way to go PTD!

PTD encountered a bear today right in the middle of the trail. He could see this massive black bear in the middle of the trail ahead.  He was so excited he was trying to grab the camera out of his side pants pocket and grabbed his gorp (trail mix for those that don't know). Oh, no! Put it back quickly and hoped the bear didn't smell all the fruits and nuts. He then found the camera (other pocket) too late, that dang bear ran off. PTD is determined to get a pic of a bear. Says he saw 2 black snakes today, some turkeys and some bunny rabbits.

He also told me he has poison ivy. He is putting some cortisone cream on it till he gets to town on Sat to get some Calamine Lotion. Says it is on his feet, legs and arms. Not itchy. YET!

Says he skirted several wild storms today.

He stayed along w/the Flying Scotsmen at the Lot Mountain Campground.

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