Where are the Malone’s now

Wow. Have we really been home for 4 weeks!!

We will be speaking at The Community Church in Sebastopol on Friday, September 27 from 6 to 7 PM. We hope to see you there!

It was a quick re-integration back to school and back to work. And now the honeymoon period is over and the reality of life off the trail is setting back in.

We have all had the much missed family dinners and gatherings which usually number 17 or more. How incredibly grateful and honored we are to have so many family and friends keeping our life back home afloat while we made a 20 year goal and dream come true!

Wild Jay misses the daily excitement of rock scrambles, swimming in wild “untouched” lakes and ponds and pushing herself to her limits. She is riding horses, swimming at the local pool, and enjoying reconnecting with friends at school.

Horsepower just got back from a week long camping trip in Lassen National Park. She couldn’t be in a more perfect program and school to come back to. Of course, horses continue to be her passion. She’s working on training a new horse that she is leasing with her aunt, and qualified for Quiz Nationals, that will be in Kentucky later this year. She is busy as she is also running cross country and taking art classes. Horsepower states she misses everything on the trail and “Life on the trail”.

The Sparkle Machine has begun six grade and is also joining the Expeditionary Learning Program. She has been enjoying taking part in the cross country team, where she ran 2 1/2 miles 3x faster than we ever hiked on the trail. She misses the rock scrambles, being out in nature and realizing how fortunate and grateful we are every day to have what we have.

Sister Bunny is excited to be back home with family and friends. She misses all the trees, obstacle courses and fun places to hide her bunny. At the end of the trail she said she was not going to hike again, however she has already asked to put the tent up in the backyard and is excited too hit the trail for a trail run.

Sunshine has started teaching high school and is still lifeguarding at the local pool. I miss the fresh air and simplicity of life in the woods (simply having what you have and being able to make due in all situations).

Papa Bear misses the community of the trail, the open beautiful spaces, the constant physical activity, the adventure that came with every day and watching our girls charging hard and putting every ounce of everything they had into accomplishing our common goal for every day.

Please join us next Friday night to hear more stories. You can still donate on the website to each of the girls charities and we will announce their totals on Friday. Thank you again for all of your support and donations! They truly made this amazing journey possible.

Sending so much gratitude and honor to all of you who helped make and watched this dream become reality. We truly hope you are able to do the same!!

Jamie Malone


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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