A Family Adventure of the 2,185 mile hike from Georgia to Maine - 2014

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Answering questions from Cartwheels class

Dear Izzy, Ethan, Karlie, Alex, John, Jordan, Zachariah, Makya, Katherine, Xander, Abigail, Talon, Zackarie, and Mrs. Skelton: Q: How are you doing so far? A: Good. Sometimes my feet hurt. I’ve met a lot of fun people. Q: Do you…

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April 17 – some days are perfect

We woke up this Morning and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with our old trail friends (and our new trail friends). Two of our new trail friends had packs from the same Biddeford, ME company that custom made Cartwheel’s pack (Hyperlite…

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April 16 – old friends

After the mercury dropped to 8 degrees overnight, we spent the morning building a fire to thaw the shoes enough to cram feet into them and get moving. The day dawned sunny and clear, and the sun coming through the…

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April 15 – hail to the Smokies

Twenty five degrees and hailing sent the Cartwheel morale barometer to and all time low. The trail was still a river from the previous days rain, so we were walking through slush in our trail runners and neoprene socks. Mamma…

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April 14

Started off by crossing Fontana Dam (a truly immense piece of concrete and a remarkable piece of engineering). Had a steep uphill with some impressive views including those from a rickety old fire tower before the weather rolled in, then…

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April 13

Some sort of feral pig was squealing in the distance through the night, which was driving Orion bonkers. We had an early start to hike into Fontana Dam by noon to meet the lady who was picking up Orion to…

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April 12

Nathan reads Lloyd Alexander with his hot cocoa at camp. Dad ponders some mountains in the morning. In the afternoon, we come across a birthday party thrown for a former thru-hiker and Appalachian Trail Conservancy Ridge Runner:

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April 11

Our first showers, laundry, and restaurant meals of the trip at the Natahala Outdoor Center. Mouse fishes the Natahala River, and the kids relax in the demo hammocks while the adults resupply. A hot lazy day. Journaling by the campfire…

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Answering questions from Mouse’s class

Nathan’s fourth grade buddies have sent along some questions. The kids’ answers are below. Q: We want to know what you are eating. We know it has to be stuff that isn’t heavy.

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April 10 – another hiking family

We met another hiking family. Cartwheel trades stories by the campfire with their youngest. Mouse stumbles upon a geocache hidden in a tree at our lunch spot.

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