Michael has called twice today. He is in Duncannon, PA., mile marker
1141. He is with Wiffle Ball, Blues Clues, Gumpy and Peeper. Today is
Peeper's birthday. She wants to see a movie so that's where they are
headed. They are going to stay in a campground tonight. He said
Duncannon looks like Hazard, KY. In case you haven't been to Hazard
that was not a compliment. He is feeling good but worrying terribly
about me and my family situations. I don't want him to leave the trail.
On that note, Mom is still the same as far as we can tell. Although all
the nurses assure us she is improving. Hopefully tomorrow the Dr. will
try to wean her off the ventilator and all will go well. My brother,
Tony, is scheduled for a heart cath in the morning. Hopefully that will
have good results. Thanks for all your messages, thoughts and prayers.
Michael told me an interesting story. He and Wiffle and Blues grilled
out in Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Michael caught a ride into town
and brought back hamburger and knockwursts. This was the first time he
has grilled out since he left. It was getting dark when they finished
their meal so they started down the trail using their headlamps. I
guess they were looking for a place to set up camp. They had barely
starting hiking when they heard a young girl screaming. They followed
her voice and found a 17 year old girl (although she appeared to be
quite younger) who was lost in the woods. She had been hiking with her
sister and a friend and had gotten separated from them. Michael assured
her they would find her sister and promised her she would be safe until
her sister arrived. Luckily there was cell service. They contacted the
police and "Audrey" called her sister. Shortly thereafter the police
arrived with Audrey's sister. The sister said she worked at the city
park and told the guys they could use the showers at the city pool and
go swimming when they made it into town. The guys appreciated the offer
but didn't intend to accept it. They were walking through town and the
sister came running up to them and told them they had to come back.
Audrey's Mother had bought them a fruit basket as a Thank You for
rescuing her daughter. I guess they are heroes, at least to that
family. Maybe they will name a street after them..Smiley Wiffle Blues
Branden and Polaris passed the 1200 mile marker last night. Looks like
they are moving fast.
Many of these posts are by Shelia Campbell, Michael's wife <3
Bath County, Kentucky resident, Michael Campbell, is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to raise funds for the not-for-profit group dedicated to protecting Kentucky’s native forests, Kentucky Heartwood. Michael, a long-time member of Kentucky Heartwood, began his hike on March 22 at Springer Mountain, Georgia. By the first of September, after covering 2,181 miles of trail by foot, Michael will reach Katadhin Mountain in Maine and complete the entire trail.