March 28 2012
I'm leaving the Budget Inn in Hiawassee this morning after we pick up some stuff. We got a good night's sleep and plenty to eat at a very good AYCE called Daniel's. It was a good walk from where we are staying but we're walking anyway. I'm older than most but not as old as some. I'm probably in a 30% range right now.
Some tough folks out here, some have experience, some don't know which end is up. The good thing about it is that everyone helps everyone else and goes out of their way to be friendly.
Branden is a hiking beast. He has bruised his achillies tendon so he has to go slow downhill. When it heals, I'll hurt it again to sort of hobble him.
I've been thinking of everyone who is so supportive, my parents, my friends, and my lovely energetic giving and pure of heart wife. I've also been thinking about people that aren't with us anymore and hoping that some of what I'm doing is in respect and memory to them. Hopefully this email will go out to everyone and you will iknow that I'm thinking of you and walking with you up this path. Love to everyone.
Oh, before the hike Branden told me that I was going to be called Short Fuse I guess because I'm sort of wound up sometimes and I thought "I'm going to work on thiat and not be a Short Fuse"....guess what...now I'm being called All Smiles by people because when I meet them I'm ususally smiling and feeling good. But I'm also Short Fuse. All Smiles and Short Fuse, the duality of man, Hesse's Steppenwolf, Jekyl/Hyde, all that....we are all Short Fuse and All Smiles. Let's just be it and deal with it that way. Like Branden says, sometimes you need Short Fuse around, just keep him in the basement most of the time.
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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.