I opened the beat-up padded envelope that just came in my mailbox and was blown away to finally see this physical object in my hands. I’m in a club of 230 individuals world wide !
The American Long Distance Hiking Association-West sent me a congratulatory letter with three statistics:
“On a single day in May 2012, more people summited Mt. Everest than have hiked the Triple Crown.
More people have circumnavigated the earth than have hiked the Triple Crown.
More people have been in space than have hiked the Triple Crown.”
I didn’t do it alone.
My deepest appreciation goes out to Dick Wizard, Train, General Lee, Paddy-O, my wife Auntie Mame, my mother Isabel, my brother Roy, my son Lincoln and his fiancée Stephanie , Don Kivelus ( Four Dog Stove) and my Trailjournal transcribers Jan Munroe (v8), and John Clark (Tenzing). Special thanks to all the other hikers who helped me ( it’s an impossibly long list to do justice to) , my faithful Traijournal readers, and all the individuals , past and present, who worked or are working to make our National Scenic Trails a reality that anyone can step onto and return to our ancestral purpose in the grand forests, deserts, mountains, and plains that grace the United States of America.