The long list of Thank You’s as I approach the finish line

During these last few days, I want to thank all of those folks who helped me along the way.

Today, I’d like to recognize those who hiked with me for day hikes and sections and those who took me on excursions that rejuvenated me.

The hikers:

Harry Brown, my colleague and friend, who got me started in Georgia.

My wife Paula

My brother Jim

My Brother Tim

My cousin Linda’s husband Dave and their daughter Sage

My friends Pat and Marty

My friend Johanna

My med school classmates Brian and Trueman

My Australian hiking buddy Lou (Book ‘n Boot)

My friend Jim (J2B)

The excursion leaders:

My cousin Linda for taking me to visit my childhood home in Connecticut 

The Kennebec River guide team – my friends Laura, Pat and Zach 

My sister Janice’s family (Dave, Gus, and Sadie) who took me to the farm in Vermont and Little Gott Island in Maine

My brother Tim for shuttling me long distance in Virginia/North Carolina and New England.

I’m so appreciative and thankful for the great support and company. Could never have made it without you all!!

Feeling the magic brought by friends and family,



  1. Linda · November 8, 2016

    I’m thinking it was. Maybe with less trees and red efts.


  2. Linda · November 8, 2016

    Oops…that last post cut out before I finished it. I meant to say that the trait I saw you recount as a boy is something you express as a man: “you feel the fear, but do it anyway.”


    • kevinhikes · November 8, 2016

      So that trip to my grandparents’ house as a youngster was my first thru hike 🙂


  3. Linda · November 8, 2016

    I had a few worries after that day we toured your childhood stomping grounds. I thought I was being a bad specter of Christmas past, since parts of the city haven’t fared too well. I’m glad this tour is showing up on your list of excursions. I especially enjoyed retracing your first solo journey to your grandparent’s house. There was something in that story that presaged the man you have become.


  4. Pat & Marty · November 4, 2016

    Marty and I thank you for taking the time to share your adventure with everyone through the blog and the special treat of being able to hike a bit with you one day. We will so miss your photos and commentary.


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