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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday 6/8 - THANK YOU GARY & LINDA

Dave met Linda , Gary and their daughter Kim at the Caladonia State Park in Fayetteville, PA. By the time PTD got there it was around 12:30. They had everything set up for their picnic.

They had 3 tables set up w/food. Everything you could want for a picnic. Gary had the grill all ready to go too. PTD indulged in hamburgers, hot dogs,  baked beans, homemade red beet eggs, ice tea, fresh strawberries, ice cream, brownies, hot fudge, apples, bananas, fresh water...the list just goes on. What a terrific spread! Very sweet of them to do this. They did it up right. THANK YOU!!!

While eating they talked about everything. They even had clippings from the Currier(newspaper in northern NH) of PTD. They even asked him for his autograph. He was thrilled and signed it Ponytail Dave. They also had an article from their local paper on the new museum that just opened this past Saturday in Pine Grove Furnace. He will have to visit it tomorrow when he is in town.

After everyone cleaned up they all walked w/Dave on the AT for about 1/4 of a mile and then sent him on his way at the foot of the mountain.

PTD said that was a hard climb because he was so full.

Caladonia State Park is absolutely beautiful, huge pool, camping, bathrooms... So, if ever in the area stop in for the day.

Dave ran across many Mountain Laurel thickets in the afternoon that were in bloom. Very pretty.

23.2 miles today to Birch Run Shelter where he spent the night.

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