GREETINGS from Hawk Mountain

Tonight I am camping at the Hawk Mountain Shelter, elevation 3,220 feet.  Today has been filled with lots of rain which made for a slow day hiking.  I only had 20 minutes where it did not rain.  There will be days when I do not have an Internet connection and won’t be able to post on my blog.  Tonight is one of those nights, but I have enough service to text so that someone else back at home can post it for me.

Yesterday (Sunday) was a very touching day as we travelled to Newnan, GA to attend one of the last church services of our close friend Joel Richardson who has served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Newnan for the past 37 years.  He is retiring next month.  After the service Joel along with 6 others  asked a blessing for me and my pack for safe travels along my 2,200 mile journey.

Saturday was spent visiting one of our favorite families, Paul, Sandra and their daughters Jenni and Katie.  The girls play travel volleyball all over the country and we got to watch them play in a tournament in Atlanta.  What a great day it was spending time with such a wonderful family.

So many people have supported the cause of my hike which is the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.  I am very grateful for the outpouring of support  for this wonderful program.  I have witnessed local children’s lives’ completely turned around by this program and the wonderful “Bigs” who give of their times as well as their hearts to make a difference in the lives of these young people.  If you would like to make a contribution to this wonderful organization pleas visit my website www.Steveclaxton.com for more details.

It is supposed to rain for 2 more days but that is just part of it. You have to make the best of each day regardless of the weather.  What a comforting feeling it is to lay here warm and dry in my sleeping bag while listening to the rain fall on my tent.

Goodnight from the Appalachian Trail!