Erin McKenzie loves her dogs. She hiked nearly half of the Appalachian Trail with her favorite, Chevy, before having to leave the trail through injury. Chevy was such a star that Erin was totally aware, yet totally happy, to be a sideshow in the Camaro and Chevy team. She then took on the Colorado Trail with three of her dogs, for reasons that will become apparent in her story. Her resilience and the strength that she found on both trails are inspirational.
These pictures of Chevy and Camaro together, and her three loaded-up dogs, convey the peace, the quiet, and the magnificence of both the Appalachian Trail and the Colorado Trail. Erin also sent me another couple of pics, once again with Chevy and one of the team of four at the finish of the Colorado Trail.
With Jessa vacationing in Europe, I took the opportunity to chat with Kate Schmidlin’s mom, Jeanne. Kate was in episode #21, and I thought her instinct to suggest that I should speak with her mother was a good one. There can’t be many tougher things for a mother to do than to wave goodbye to her daughter as she plunges into a forest. You’ll really love Jeanne’s attitude.
Our old friend Grizz resurfaced recently in Florida and we spent several hours together, so I took the opportunity to record a fear and loathing section with him. As always, he was insightful and interesting.
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