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March 17, 2008 6:02 AM

Happy ST. Patrick's Day! We spent yesterday spreading mulch in high-60s-degree weather (a far cry from snow on Snowbird Mt.!), but none the less still thinking about all the folks we ran into on the AT last week between I-40 and the French Broad River. Give us a day and we'll try to send some of this nice spring weather your way...

Our test run on whether to attempt a thru hike ended with the only remaining question being whether to do it in 2010 or 2012. I think the infectious enthusiasm of the people we met on the trail was the deciding factor. Now if we can just figure a way to cut out 60 pounds of our combined pack weights!

Best of luck in the miles to come. We'll be tracking your progress on the way north, but with a good bit of confidence, as you both have "2000-miler success" written all over you!

Let us know sometime if you need a Care package...

-Your breakfast mates from Hot Springs, NC

-- Woody&Cynthia

Corinth, MS

March 16, 2008 2:33 PM

I ran into Josh and Amanda this morning on the trail about 2 miles above Sam\'s Gap and I recognized them from their journal here and on We talked for a little while and they seemed to be in good spirits despite the lousy weather they have experienced so far. I wish you guys the best of luck and hope you enjoy the rest of your hike. I look forward to reading your journal entries and seeing all of your pics.

-- Brian (HikerMan36)

NE, Tennessee

March 16, 2008 8:26 AM

Just to let everyone know that the kids are doing great and still enjoying the hike except for the weather (some cold days and rain). Last heard from 3-15-08 stopping for the night at Hogback Ridge Shelter due to the weather. Should be stopping in Erwin, Tn. no later than 2 days from now, hoping to update the web site then.

-- Dad & Mom

Jacksonville, NC

March 10, 2008 5:54 AM

Hi Amanda & Josh,
My 5th graders are going to follow you until they leave in June. What a brave couple you are!!! Have fun & stay safe!
Mrs. Clifton's Fifth Grade

-- Roberta Clifton

Northwoods ELem.

March 8, 2008 8:27 AM

whats up hope both of you are doing well and staying warm sounds like you two are making great progress have fun playing in the snow today ttyl

-- Jason

Bear Grass

March 7, 2008 8:26 AM

Leinenkugel! I heard someone else was drinking my beer.
But I never thought they would be on the AT. I've enjoyed your entries on both Trail Journals and this
web site. Be well supplied when you get to No Business.
Enjoy your walk.

-- Jim

Shark River Hills, NJ

March 7, 2008 7:14 AM

Glad to hear you are doing fine. The pic's are great also !
Thought you may be interested in this I found at Scotts blog :,guid,d08d2e86-8533-4739-bf57-fe47db9cd910.aspx

Has to do with those pesky shelter mice we hear so much about. I don't know about you guys, but those critters would drive me NUTS !
Put three or four cotton-balls in a 35mm film canister then put several drops

of Oil of Peppermint on them. When turning in for the night, open the film

canister, pull up a cotton-ball and the Oil of Peppermint keeps the mice away!!!

Don't know if this works, but may be worth a try, eh ?
Have you ever heard of this trick ?
Hope the weather is great for you, and the walk is fantastic !

-- HrlyDave

Muskegon, Michigan

March 6, 2008 2:14 PM

Just thought I would see how you guys are doing. Looks like you have made some good progress. REI Folks say 'Hey'! I will check back later. Safe travels!

-- Kerrick Wilson

Raleigh, NC

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