Friday, April 10, 2015

Just keep hiking, hiking, hiking...

The boys made it to Hampton, Tennessee a few days ago. Their new tablet is in hand, but wi-fi service is not. I expect they will update their blog tomorrow. (At their request, I am not blogging about where they are at NOW or will be at any given time.)
They have traveled more than 400 miles so far... and will soon be at the 1/4 of the way mark!
We are working on a camera card exchange... They are getting a new camera card, and I will have the one that has been in their camera so far. It was supposed to hold over 400 pictures. When they have come across something they REALLY needed a picture of in the past couple of weeks, they have had to go back and delete pictures to make room. What hard choices!
Thus far, their daily average for us to be meeting them at our planned time has been spot-on.
Sam has told me that as much as he had fallen in love with the Pecos Wilderness and mountains in New Mexico, The Great Smokeys  have become rivals for his affection.
They are meeting many nice people, and many interesting people. Some are both!
It isn't all about putting one foot in front of the other for more than 2100 miles... an occasional day or two off will see them exploring some of the great places they pass through, or near. A few weeks down the road will have them at a point where they can take a train into Washington, D.C., and visit the Smithsonian. That is on their "must do" list. At one point in the trail, if the day is clear, they will actually be able to see the NYC skyline.
Today is my Aunt Jean's birthday. She is my dad's sister. Aunt Jean has always been a positive influence on my life. When I was flunking out of PE in first grade because I didn't know how to skip... she taught me how! When I was cheating on the sight word flash cards... she busted me and made me learn to read instead of guess. (My Mom was holding the flash cards up, and they were backlit. I could see the picture through the card. I even remember the two I was having trouble with... "feather" and "father".)
Happy Birthday Aunt Jean!
The great work weekend shindig has been set at my Dad's (Grandpa Bill's) house for the 18&19 of April. That is NEXT weekend. If you can come out and lend a hand, we would love to have you! Just let us know.
Last, but not least: Prayer request. My brother Ricky (Eric) has been in the hospital the last couple of days. One problem is blood pressure- I am not sure what all is wrong. He was supposed to be released yesterday, but was kept another night. Pray for his health and healing.
Thank you!

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