New Hampshire and The White Mountains

Headed into the White Mountains. Big views big mountains and above tree line! The tough Mountains to come we’re a welcome sight and for the first time we were convinced we could make it.

Metal rungs and rock climbs became the terrain and the game of the Whites. The girls love them but many required lifting and pulling each other. A testament to us now working more as a team and needing to stick together throughout the tougher days.

Smarts Mountains Fire tower! Can you believe we meet A hiker from our home town in California on the top of the fire tower!! It really is a small world after all. And what an incredible difference one can make. The girls made a comment the other day that one of the best parts of the trail was raising money for their chosen nonprofits and how they really could make an impact by walking. Again thank you all for your support and donations. They mean so much to us and the world!

A quick stop at an awesome hostel filled our packs, got us showered and on our way. We would have loved to stay the night but are trying to keep with our schedule to the end! It’s great and a challenge that miles have become necessary to keep our schedule and make it back home with our goal completed.

Above tree line!

First shelter. Big miles in the whites meant that many days we hiked past dark. Being a group (6 people), we coordinated our schedule with the group coordinator before entering. It was a challenge to keep the 15 mile day average yet the girls did amazing!

Lonesome Pond Hut. The huts through the whites were fun to stop at. They welcome hikers with pastries and soup. We all enjoyed them and especially the soup on the rainy afternoons.

Franconian ridge. Wow amazing above tree line walk. One of the favorite of the trail for many of us. Sister bunny got way ahead and was told she was too young to be up there alone. She loved the attention and hiked strong!!

Summit of Mount Washington!!! What an amazing day. So clear and views for miles. We definitely felt on top of the world. The crowds were also there to welcome us. So grateful to family that met us, filled our bellies and have us filled with motivation and fun memories to keep our feet moving!!

Summit of Mount Washington the next day was windy and cold with zero visibility. Lucky to have family visiting, we started the decent at a bad weather trail to get below tree line.

Alpine meadows and bog boards

Moose! Yay. We saw our first moose in front of Full Goose Pond.

Though we exited the official AMC White territory there were still plenty of tough Mountains to come. Our bodies were exhausted from the big mile days and terrain of the Whites and we hit a slow down. The girls started to ask the terrain of each day and were very in tune to the elevation maps not necessarily dictating the terrain. Maine to come!!

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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