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Monday, April 23, 2012

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words!

This was the stone that was at the Trail Head in Georgia. 
It is a tradition for hikers to carry a stone (pebble) from Georgia all the way to Maine and visa versa. 
How does that fit with "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footsteps"?
Does this mean this was the stone someone brought down from Maine?!?!

Here she is at the trail head.  The stone is just behind her at the bend in the trail. 
Many people begin the hike thinking that the walk will be smooth and nicely paved the whole way........ha!  This paved walkways provides those photographic moments for the family, and false assurance for the mother who is just supposed to let her "baby" walk away!! 
Those crazy blue things she's wearing are Long Johns. 
All her articles of clothing are bold/bright this's to fit with her Rainbow Dash persona!
I told her it's why the Rangers were worried she was alone and why they all thought she was 15!! 
(hee, hee)

This was a very difficult moment for Kelly and me. She was excited and nervous at the same time.
She can do it, and she's got a great support crew cheering for her.  That pack on her back is all she'll have for survival for the next 5 months!  It has her lodging, her bed, her clothing, and her food! 
No extra room for frills!

This water fall was close to the trail head.  We drove up the mountain for several miles to get to it.  This is only the top 1/4, and definitely is not displaying the depth.  Kristin walked past it on her approach trail and up the 604 steps to get to the mountain top.  The sound was beautiful; its power awesome.  She is blessed to have a country that has such beauty and allows its citizens the freedom of exploration.

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