How many of you have faced literal or figurative mountains in your life? All of you? Of course! I have faced many, many types of mountains in my life – many of which I built myself. One of the things that I have realized during this hike is that there will always be mountains, some small, some seemingly insurmountable. I faced a pretty good one yesterday. It was called The Priest and was our first 3,000+ foot climb in over a month. I stared at the guidebook the night before and thought “This is going to be a tough climb tomorrow.” As with all of the mountains before, I climbed it and was rewarded with amazing views and a feeling of accomplishment. Why did I even worry about it? I had climbed worse before, I had climbed higher before, even if it had been the biggest climb yet that would have been an opportunity to improve on my best.
I write this to say, we must all climb our personal mountains. It may take a long time or may be exhausting, but if the destination is worth it to you it is also worth the effort. It is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month – Julie Grace, her Rett sisters, and their families have enormous mountains that they have to keep climbing every day. We can help them climb to the top together, the summit is the cure! Please reach out to these families, understand their needs, help them to reach that summit! Join Julie’s Army of Hope!
Tomorrow we should drop under 800 miles to go and maybe late tomorrow or early Sunday we should pass the 1,400 mile mark. We still have a long way to go but we are beginning to glimpse the end!
Since the last blog post we have experienced some of the most beautiful scenery of the hike so far!
We also passed through Harpers Ferry and visited the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters!
We are so grateful for all the love, prayers, and support we have received while on our hike!!! There are so many people who have supported us and we owe all of you so much for keeping us going and helping us climb these mountains (the physical and mental)! I will have to dedicate a long blog post to all of you when we are done – it may take a couple of days to write that one! For tonight I need to make sure and thank all of you for joining Julie’s Army of Hope and a special thank you to the students, faculty, staff, and administration of the Pell City School System for the amazing way that they have gotten involved in the Hike for Julie!!! You are all amazing and you inspire us!!!!
Please go to http://www.juliesarmyofhope.org, http://www.girlpower2cure.org/, or http://www.sukifoundation.org to find out how you can help!!!
By the way, did I mention that a bear walked up behind me on the trail one day recently? That was an exciting day!!! May all of you find the inspiration, endurance, encouragement, and strength to climb your mountains!!!!