Thanks be to God for their safety on Thursday. Climbing Katahdin was accomplished yesterday to honor Stovetop's (my cousin Ed Hamilton) desire to complete the AT. Oh how he loved hiking!
ChopChop (Abby) and Mint Craig Jr, my heart is soaring this morning.
Now, go eat some lobstah!
Gulp, they weren't kidding when they said rock scrambles. Let's do this!
Eddie had been planning to finish up the AT with his hiking buddy, Grateful, at the end of August 2018. I assured him during our last few conversations at the hospital in June that he (Stovetop) would get to climb Katahdin, and reach the northern terminus of the AT. We had already discussed me joining up to summit with him and Lee since finishing their last section hike. I followed through on those plans this week to fulfill a promise I made before his death.
Yesterday (8/30/18), at 12:55pm, Grateful and Chop-chop (that's me) reached the end of the AT by climbing the highest peak in Maine. I had Eddie's hiking gear with me, and I could hear him walking me through each rock scramble, and encouraging me every step of the way. This one's for you Stovetop!