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, August 2, 2010

Sunday 8/1

PTD stopped for a bit at Flagstaff Lake. The shore was full of small pebbles and lots of driftwood. Today he passed by many ponds(West Carry west, east and middle, Sandy Stream, Carrying Place Stream) till he reached Pierce Pond Lean to where he will spent the night.

He trucked right along today and was at the shelter by 4 so he took the time to go take a dip in the nearby Pierce Pond. Says it was a warm day and that it was refreshing.

Ponytail even got to sit around by the campfire w/other hikers. Unusual for him to do that. They usually don’t’ have fires (1) because you’re not supposed to at most of the shelters (leave no trace) and (2) after hiking all day who wants to go gather wood and possibly catch poison ivy has he did before. So, this was a treat. People and fire all at the same time.

17.3 miles today
Flagstaff Lake from Bigelow Mnt

Pierce Pond

1 comment:

  1. Withu Inspirit3/8/10

    sound like PTD is really enjoying the last leg of the AT...descent weather and company with fellow hikers that have been off and on with him since the beginning...hope they all have a wonderful trails end!!!we are all so proud of him... and you, Pam for the great blog job youve done for him...I'm sure he could never have accomplished everything without your love and support...our love to you, both happy thoughts and save hiking...