me in one sentence
147 Days, 14 states, 2,185.3 miles, five million steps, and five pairs of shoes after leaving Springer Mountain, Georgia I finally summited Mount Katahdin, Maine on August 10, 2014. I was surrounded by loved ones and friends when I made the final push from Katahdin Stream Campground to Baxter Peak, and I will NEVER forget what it felt like to reach that sign.
Along the way I was joined by an army of donors and together we raised over $22,000 for peopleservingpeople and Minnesota’s homeless families. Team 2KMH’s generosity provided PSP the resources needed to transition 22 families from homelessness to self-sufficiency and equip dozens of parents and kids with the knowledge and skills to break the cycle of poverty. I am deeply honored to have been part of this movement, and I couldn’t be prouder to call such a compassionate and selfless community home. While my thru-hike is complete PSP’s needs are far from met; if you haven’t already contributed and support our cause, I encourage you to donate today. It’s never too late to change lives.
I wrote an extensive epilogue to this journey along with a play-by-play from the 100-Mile Wilderness and Katahdin in my final Trail Journals entry: check them out here. As always, feel free to head over to Instagram and YouTube for the latest multimedia from the trail and the days that followed. There’ll be a bit more to come, so be certain to check back!
In the days to come I’ll begin the hard work of settling into life here in Minnesota and making my transition to a new career of service in Minnesota’s nonprofit community. Our journey together hasn’t ended though, and you can expect to hear from me again. 2KMH donors in particular can expect to hear from me directly via email or traditional correspondence. Until then, remember to check out my epilogue on Trail Journals and know I consider myself deeply blessed to have shared this journey with you. THANK YOU.
Exit Glacier, Seward AK
It’s just so sad to think that after 63 years, he still wasn’t at peace. Thank you Robin for all the joy you brought us.
The view as I pull up at work today…
No matter what instrument, I always enjoy street musicians
Zippo lighters from Vietnam
My wife bought me a zippo before my first trip to Iraq that I carry to this very day. It says, “No matter where you go, there you are.”