Hampton to Damascus

Always hard to get out of town but so nice to leave without rain!

New flowers are blooming everyday and the girls are working to learn the plant names and parts.

We are so fortunate to have so many friends and family supporting us. We cannot thank you all enough. It means the world to us and the cards and packages make the girls days. (These are where they get the awesome body stickers and tattoos everyone sees us wearing. My sister and brother in-law sent no bake cookies in one food box for “Sparkle machine” (she loves to bake). What a treat on the trail. Even though they ended up a little soupy😉

Hiking above the clouds!

We also hiked through some controlled burns and Papa Bear got to teach his fire ecology class.

Thunderstorms continue… We rarely stop at shelters so the girls enjoyed lunch in out of the storm and their shelter experience.

Past the Tennessee Virginia border. Into our 4th state!

Baby Bunny’s and wild Jay’s boots are Blown out at the seams and their feet are hurting. New boots are in the van that will arrive at Easter!

For the time being, a day off in Damascus. We got to play at a park, catch up on some homework, eat plenty of good food, and Take a bath!

Hiking on…

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!

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