Davenport Gap to Hot Springs

Leaving town is always hard,but this time we were leaving family and the van again. We heard the first serious, “I miss homes”. It took a couple days to get back up to speed and then we were greeted with the snow. Wild Jay loved it and jumped out of the tent to throw snow ball at us all. Each had the opportunity to make snow angels the next day as well. Sunshine And Papa Bear are ready for the spring.

We made it up and over Max Patch a beautiful Bald that was windy and slushy. We thought Baby Bunny would fly away but all were safe. “How far until Hot Springs?” The next town was on the girls mind and they made up the miles we were behind from the snow and cold. Trail angels and fellow hikers singing and socializing with the girls helped too.

We got into Hot Springs early and were able to get some good meals, showers, and school work organized and in the mail before leaving town the next day.

The girls charities continue to be a huge motivator and they enjoy all the locals and hikers asking about them and why they choose them. Please remember to donate to our go fund me page (where funds are divided among all the charities and hike logistics) https://www.gofundme.com/awaking-dreams?sharetype=teams&member=1077126&rcid=r01-155402995828-def65669e59f4854&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_mor directly to the organizations on our support page at awaking-dreams.com

We still have T-shirts for sale (see website). My sister (who hiked some with me in 1999 as “Sister Equine”) has offered to organize them and mail them out. Many of the dri-fit are sold out so contact her first. There are plenty of all 3 colors of cotton – blue and green in kids sizes only, plus brown in adult sizes. Cotton $15, Dri-fit $24 short sleeve$30 long sleeve-$10 shipping. Contact: cmd82@hotmail.com. Put Awaking Dreams t-shirts in the subject line.

These are the shirts you see us in daily on the trail

Our logo was deigned and drawn by the girls and Sunshine… The story of the logo… “Awaking Dreams” was originally chosen as the name of our efforts with the goals that my brother Kyle would awake from his comatose state and we would help the greater community in helping someone else’s dreams come true through our fundraising efforts (Previous fundraising efforts were for The National Brain Injury Association and Casa Colina Rehabilitation Hospital). Kyles name is in the eagle flying close to the sun (he passed away in 2017). The sun is for my given trail name during my 1999 thru-hike “Sunshine”. The girls liked to take Kyle fishing (one of his favorite pastimes), so they drew them pushing him to a fishing hole. There are the 6 of us backpacking up the hill, wildlife all around for the support of the wildlife rescues (and of course Baby Bunny’s bunny in the middle), there are horses for CARMA and Horsepower’s effort to support the rehoming of horses off the track, the garden for the Foodbank, the water for our love of the water and our past adventure thru-paddling the Connecticut River, and finally the rocks for our love of climbing and the local charity B-Rad that gets underserved populations into nature and organizes many beach cleanups. We hope you consider purchasing one.

Author: Jamie “Sunshine”

To awaken to a beautiful dream one day become reality is the day millions of us wait and hope for. Setting goals and pushing ourselves to the limit, we have all challenged ourselves and our systems of life to see our goals in action. In March of 2019, waking a long envisioned dream, our family of 6 will set out on the 2000+ mile Appalachian Trail (AT). The trail covers 14 states and will take 6 months to complete. This dream began over 20 years ago, in 1999 when I set up the Awaking Dreams Fund with the National Brain Injury Association in my brother, Kyle’s name. I raised over $10,000 and set out and completed a thru-hike of the AT. Five years after that my husband, sister and I set out on a thru-paddle of the Connecticut River and raised money for Casa Colinas, a rehabilitation hospital that facilitated outdoor adventures for their patients. My brother, Kyle fought his battle for 20 years and passed away in February of 2017. We will continue to hike in his honor and his name attempting to complete the trail on his birthday. However, this adventure will be of a different caliber, as Chris and I will set out with our four daughters ages 5, 7, 10 &12. I have envisioned this hike since my thru-hike in 1999 when I traveled with a father and his two sons for a few days. The boys were ages 9 & 11. They were adventurous, excited, connected to nature and so curious and educated about the natural world around us. I have long hoped for such an amazing experience for my girls. We have done a great deal of planning, preparing, and talking . . Now is the Time!

One thought on “Davenport Gap to Hot Springs”

  1. So love your determination to keep moving in the face of bad weather and adversity. Love the colors, creative design and quality of the shirts especially the girls drawing of their charitable causes and assisting Kyle on his fishing trips. We are living your hike of the AT thru your descriptions and photos. Thanks!


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