Get Out and Hike – Follow-up

The blog that should have been written months ago. I was unaware how much of a pain it was to keep track of my photos, upload the photos, post the photos. The blog that I’ve been thinking about a lot. Now since I’m been home for a week it’s about time I write this.

Another thought, when you are hiking in the woods you are never really aware who is following your trip. Some days, specifically when you have no service, it feels like you are alone out on the trail. After coming home and talking to family, friends and co-workers it is astounding to realize how many people followed the hike. I can’t thank everyone enough for following along.

Back before Damascus, VA I came up with an idea (that was my first problem) for people to send me pictures. I would post the pictures and for every photo that I received I would donate $5 to a charity. The name of this blog was entitled “Get Out and Hike”. I received a few good pictures, which was the whole purpose of the blog; to get people out and hike.

See for the original blog.


Here are the pictures that I received.


Laura at Alamuchy State Park in New Jersey. Laura was prepping for a section hike starting May 17th. Hope she had a great hike. Great smile Laura, keep it up.


Sean enjoying the Northern Loop trail. Sean I heard you are a pretty fantastic hockey goalie and can drag a bear out of the woods. Good on ya my man!


Not entirely sure who these two are. They sent me an e-mail months ago. They both look extremely happy, that’s all that matters right?


My boss sent me this photo and told me he was “hiking”. For all I know it could be his back yard.


Alright Scott (aforementioned boss), I guess you did get out and hike.


Brody (left) and Owen (right) my cousin Shannon’s kids. Brody was a little upset with me because I told him to pack a bag because we were going to Maine, then may have told him that Maine was a LONG ways away and he’d be better off not coming. I’ll tell you what, Brody knows how to do a good resupply. Lots of popcorn, oreos, gatorade, and muffins. Brody, we are going for a hike this fall, that’s a fact.


On second thought, Brody, maybe you could have hiked to Maine with me. Yes, this is the actual Appalachian Trial, so Brody and Owen get bonus points.


Janis, aka Moonshine, aka my Chef, standing by a white blaze. I’m not sure how far she hiked, but I think she yelled me name quite a bit.


Moe and Janis (I guess you did hike) standing atop Cranberry Peak in Maine. That’s a climb. Extra bonus points for still smiling after hiking up.


My all-time favorite. Mikayla, my niece, taking some of her first steps (assisted) on the Appalachian Trail. Future thru-hiker?

Thank you everyone that sent me pictures. I apologize if I missed anyone, which I’m sure I did.

The goal of my initial blog was to get people to go out and hike. To get people to enjoy nature and to experience what we have right in front of us. My second goal was to make some sort of donation to a charity. 10 photos above at $5 a photo = $50. Nice jobs guys. I’ll match that. I’ve decided to donate the money to the NH Make-a-Wish program. Hopefully we can help out some kids in some way.


This 3-year old little man’s wish is to be a lumber-jack! Love that

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way.” Dr. Seuss

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Comments 1

  • Laura : Sep 16th

    Great job, Alan, congrats on your thru hike, and your donation to Make AWish. I did do my 52 mile section hike, with my niece, and we loved it. Cama back to a breast cancer diagnosis. Treatment is well underway, and the diagnosis is great. When it s done, we will celebrate in late June of next year, by hiking the John Muir Trail in Scotland, 137 miles. Best wishes fo you in the future.


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