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 23, 2010

Sunday 8/8

Very excited today. He knows that we are coming to see him and that the end is near.

9:30 goes across the Abol Bridge, he is now in Baxter State Park. Says he passed lots of nice ponds and had view of Katahdin all day long. He arrived at Katahdin Stream Campground about 2ish. Checked in w/the ranger and got our lean to all squared away. He set up camp at lean to #5, started a fire and waited for us. At about 4pm, Ollie, Elise and I arrived. We were all thrilled to see each other.

We hung out and had dinner and early to bed. They are calling for 70% chance of showers. Bummer. We will make the decision in the morning on whether to hike or not.

This was an exciting night for Elise and I. We had never slept in a lean to. Always in tents. I was just hoping no critter would run across us in the night. None did! we both said we would do it again.

Woke in the middle of the night to rain pelting off the shelter.

PTD hiked about 17.7 miles today             5.2 left (REAlly!!)               2,173.8 hiked to date

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