THANK YOU TOM, and thank each and every one of you who have touched my heart in your own special way!

6/28/16 9:02pm

There are SOOOOO MANY people doing things behind the scenes who are making this journey so much more than I ever imagined it could possibly be!!! I have mentioned the one’s who recently offered fundraisings through a bbq/meet & greet upon my return, compliments of Roger Jennings & Tina Marie Jennings. Then there is Jenean Hornbuckle, an incredibly talented artist in Cherokee who is painting a limited edition painting as a fundraiser, Barbara Robinson, who offered her watercolor paintings for illustrations for a book, my cousin Carole Coates, who said she would help me with information about a photo journal and self publishing a book!!!
But tonight I want to tell you about someone who communicates with me almost every single day during my journey. Harold Sandlin, who many of you may know as Tom, is documenting, organizing & recording EVERY SINGLE PHOTO I have posted with pertinent information such as date, location etc. of my journey. He is placing all of this on disks so I will have a record upon my return! Tom Sandlin, I can only imagine the amount of time you are spending recording all of this information. He recently sent me the following message:

THANKS FOR YOUR NOTES, YOU MAY NOT BELIEVE IT, BUT I, IN SPIRIT, TAKE EVERY STEP YOU TAKE! I WOKE UP CHRISTMAS MORNING PARALIZED ALONG MY LEFT SIDE & COULD NOT WALK WITHOUT HELP AND HAVEN’T WALKED ALONE SINCE THEN. HAVE A GREAT DAY! RESPECTFULLY, TOM SANDLIN

I AM NOW EXCEEDING OVER 1000 DOCUMENTATIONS FOR YOU!!!

Spending so much time on the trail alone, I become a little emotional at times. When someone such as Tom Sandlin crosses my path, I cannot help but to shed a few tears. Just know, they are “tears of joy” for the multitude of new found friends coming out of this journey!!! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU TOM, and thank each and every one of you who have touched my heart in your own special way!
“Mustard Seed”

What a BLESSING they have been to me along my journey!!!

6/28/16 11:06am

I meet so many wonderful and interesting people along the trail. I met Juan Carlos Vizcarrondo from Puerto Rico who is out hiking the trail for a couple of weeks. Juan grows cacao trees, from which he produces organic dark chocolates!!! Check out his company at www.loizadark.com. He wants to continue following my journey when he returns to Puerto Rico and wants me to come visit him at his home! WOW, I may be doing ALOT of traveling visiting new found friends after this hike is over!  Invites from Puerto Rico, England, Switzerland & Germany so far!!! And oh, THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT I WILL BE VISITING HONDURAS on a mission work trip with my new found friends from Friends Of Barnabus!!!  What a BLESSING they have been to me along my journey!!!

Steve Claxton's photo.

A huge thanks goes out to Don Muldrew

6/28/16 at 10:15am

A huge thanks goes out to Don Muldrew for contributing to “Hiking For Hope” yesterday! We had one anonymous donor who I would also like to thank along with the other two donors yesterday. It was a good day for children in our area who need our help!!! Click below if interested in providing that hope!

On Feruary 22, Steve began a five month journey to through hike the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He is hiking the trail to help call awareness to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program as well as to raise funds for the local program here in…
www.gofundme.com

Statistics about the Appalachian Trail very intriguing

6/28/16 at 9:20am

Being in my 60’s, I find statistics about the Appalachian Trail very intriguing!!! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has been keeping records about the trail and those who hike it since the trail began in 1937. Here are some interesting statistics I have found:

-The AppalachianTrail is the longest continuous foot path in the world at 2,189 miles.

-Hiking the entire A.T. is a grueling and demanding endeavor. The terrain is mountainous for its entire length, with an elevation gain and loss equivalent to hiking Mt. Everest from sea level and back 16 times.

-It is estimated to take approximately 5 million
steps to complete the trail.

-Since the trail began in 1937 approximately
12,000 people have thru hiked the trail (hiked
the entire trail within a 12 month period).

-Of those 12,000 more than half were in their
20’s.

-Less than 500 of those were in their 60’s.

– 25 of those in their 70’s & 1 in their 80’s.

-the remainder were broken up fairly evenly
In their 30, 40 & 50’s.

-One in every four people who set out to do a
thru hike complete it.

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Thank You goes out to Keith Watkins

A huge Thank You goes out to Keith Watkins for contributing to “Hike For Hope” to support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program!!! If interested in supporting this worthwhile cause that can truly have a positive impact on youth in our community who need it the most, click on the link below:

On Feruary 22, Steve began a five month journey to through hike the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He is hiking the trail to help call awareness to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program as well as to raise funds for the local program here in…
www.gofundme.com

THANK YOU Eric Hustedt

 

THANK YOU Eric Hustedt for your recent contribution to “Hiking For Hope” and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program!!!

If you would like to contribute go to:

On Feruary 22, Steve began a five month journey to through hike the 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He is hiking the trail to help call awareness to the Big Brother/Big Sister Program as well as to raise funds for the local program here in…
www.gofundme.com

Joe Holt wrote

I had to repost this comment about last night’s Pepe’ Le Pew story. Joe Holt is one of my biggest buddies back home and he wrote:

“Great to hear. Very considerate of Pepe to give you a shot across the bow instead of a direct hit. I bet you’ll never forget last night as long as you live. Remember that adventure is simply adversity retold at leisure.”

Steve Claxton's photo.
Steve Claxton's photo.