We made it to Maine! So tough that we made it to the state of our completion yet Sister Bunny read the sign of 282 miles still to go. A week into the state we were so fortunate to have the arrival of family visiting and hiking with us. So nice to share the journey and have help motivating us to keep moving forward.

What a beautiful state filled with ponds and above treeline climbs and views. Sandy beaches for lunch time breaks and blueberry picking on the summits of Mountains. We are finding some of the highlights of our trip as our bodies and minds are so ready to be done.

As the photos haven’t been uploading I just wanted to give one quick shout out of gratitude and excitement for all the support we have received along the way. We will soon head into the 100 mile wilderness and will summit Katahdin and complete our journey. We can’t believe the end is in sight. I look forward to sharing photos and better updates when we complete our hike. We have learned, gained, and accomplished so much and can’t wait to share it with you all!

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 “Maine!!!!”

  1. We are all so proud of your determination and adventurous attitude. Wishing you the best last 100 miles. Happy Trails!We can’t wait to celebrate with you.


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