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May 10, 2008 4:23 PM

Whats up it was good to hear your voice today since I hadn't heard it since the Beginning of February, it's good to see you two are making steady progress. If you are done by August that would be awesome anway keep in touch and good luck rest of the way. yall are amazing people

-- Jason H

Bear Grass

May 7, 2008 7:02 AM

Just a quick note from Josh's former band director who is sitting at school wishing I could be hiking with you guys. You are living the dream and I am so proud of you for taking advantage of youth and freedom to work towards achieving a thru-hike. I still remember letting you read a couple of my books about the AT and the excitement it stirred in you! Congratulations on your accomplishments so far and good luck on your future trails. Hike a portion for me...

-- Tiffany Hassell-Abel

Bear Grass, NC

May 6, 2008 5:55 PM

Great meeting you two on the trail today at the beginning of the roller coaster outside of Berryville, VA. You two looked so fresh and clean, we were very impressed. Good luck with the rest of your trip... have fun.

Annie, Julie & Dee Dee

-- Annie, Julie & Dee Dee

Berryville, VA

May 5, 2008 11:20 PM


I've been following your journal quite a bit lately. My girlfriend (Bucket) and I (Water) as recent college graduates hiked the trail last year-Bucket did the whole thing, I went from Pearisburg to Katahdin. I really enjoy your journal and am extremely impressed with your website design-it is so much better than trail journals (no offense to them).

Ya'll flew through Shennandoah. That too was the first place that I felt the discrimination for being a hiker. Your natural, inner core would tell you a National Park should be on a fantastic wavelength with a thru-hiker - but once there you realize it is indeed a tourist trap and because you're not there to pay $40 a night for a camp site and $40 for lunch - you're not really welcome.

Keep on hiking and enjoying it and taking pictures! We took 7 months to do the hike - if your only deadline is october 14th and your budget/body/mind allows it - by all means take short days and time to explore and go swimming and build fires and camp at awesome places-nobody EVER regrets taking more time to soak up the experience - it is one of the greatest things you'll do in life. : ) (

Wish we we out there this year!
Best of times on the rollercoaster (hope you don't have a hot day).


-- Water (& Bucket)

Portland, OR

May 2, 2008 3:39 PM

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to see how your trip is going. There is a cafe in Rutland, Vermont and the AT goes right by it - you must go there! It's a Common Ground Cafe/hostel that is run by the Twelve Tribes, which is a religious separatist community - I'm doing ethnographic fieldwork at the community in Asheville They are way nice and have uber dank food.
I love you, Amanda! and I'm thinking about your wonderful amazing trip.

-- Courtney Allen

Asheville NC

May 2, 2008 12:17 PM

Hey there! I've been tracking your progress since you two started! I'm enjoying all your stories and photos!! What are you using for a camera? It takes great pics! If you need ANYTHING (a ride, a place to stay overnight, food...anything I could help with) when you get into New Hampshire's White Mountains, call me. I'm in the book. Or email. We'll probably see you two out on the trails up our way. I hope you make it all the way north...I'll be keeping an eye on your website. It's great! Take care! Jill Emery

-- Jill & Jeff Emery

North Conway, NH

May 2, 2008 2:57 AM

Amanda and Josh....Just a note to let you know that a
box of my homemade molasses sugar cookies is heading
your way, priority mail, as of tomorrow morning. I packed them in two quart size ziploc freezer bags which
are both inside a large 2.5 Hefty freezer bag. I thought this way you could carry some in your backpacks. I do hope they arrive intact, but I guess
the crumbs wouldn't be too bad! Enjoy! Love you! Bea

-- Bea Oettinger

Jacksonville, N.C.

May 1, 2008 11:12 AM

You guys are amazing i cant wait to take on the AT next year or so, Let me know when you get close to kent CT or bear mountain and i'll have to leave some trail magic for you all!! best wishes

-- Matt "pip"

plainville CT

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