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, July 21, 2010

Sunday 7/18

Zero day off the AT but not from hiking

Today Ponytail and I went for a hike up Bridal Veil Falls in Franconia w/the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and their participant Martin.

Martin has ALS and he is in his 9th year. His son, wife, family and friends were all w/us for the hike too. They are all very supportive of each other.

What a wonderful day. People swam in the pools, snacked and enjoyed being in the outdoors.  Thank you to Cara’s mom and dad for the wonderful brownies and treats and to my parents for letting us all take over their yard as our starting and ending point.

Bridal Veil Falls is a scenic cascade on the northwestern side of a ridge between Cannon Mountain and The Cannon Balls. Coppermine Brook pours through a narrow spot in a high ledge, then widens as it plummets, resembling the shape and color of a bride’s long, lacy veil. The approach to the falls is a pretty hike. It follows Coppermine Brook most of the way, which has numerous pools to swim. Hike is about 2.5 miles on way.

Also, special thanks to Paul Hayes from the Littleton Record for coming along w/us for the day.  Look for an upcoming story later this week on PTD and the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.    /

Our Director Sandy giving last minute instructions before we start the hike

Dave & Martin

Group photo up at the falls

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