My Uncle Bob and a wildfire

I learned two things yesterday morning – my dear Uncle Bob had passed away in Maine, and a fast moving wildfire in Tennessee was headed east, so the AT would be closed to foot traffic for a few days. You can see the fire here in a photo I took two days ago – it was clearly headed in the same direction that I was:


Thanks to the kindness of Steve and Ann at the Roan Mountain B&B, I’ve found a way to get a rental car, and drive three hours to my parent’s place in high point, NC. We’ll fly up to Boston on Thursday to attend my uncle’s funeral in York, Maine.

Hope to be back on the ? charred trail early next week. 

Remarkably, it was announced today that the trail section I was planning to hike on today will be closed for 5 days, the exact duration of time I’ll be gone.






  1. Marti Rand · April 21, 2016

    We are very sad to learn your uncle, Bob, passed away. I will always remember his big smile. He must have left you with a lot of fun memories.


  2. Harry Brown · April 21, 2016

    Sorry to hear about your uncle. Safe travels to and from Maine.


  3. Sally (Duncan) D'Antonio · April 20, 2016

    I am so sorry about your Uncle Bob, but I am glad that you will be with your family for the services. We look forward to your safe return!


  4. Donna · April 20, 2016

    My condolences on your loss. Kindness of people always helps get us where we need to go.


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