March 26 2012
Hi, everyone! Sorry this update is a little late. After I dropped
Michael and Branden off on the trail I drove to Memphis, TN to visit my
son. I just returned home today.
Not really much news yet. They started their hike Thursday, March 22,
on the "cusp of the new moon". They started their journey that
afternoon in a drizzly rain. The temperature was close to 70 so it was
not really uncomfortable. John and Chandra Dreyer, our friends who live
in north Georgia, and I walked with them to the top of Springer
Mountain. We took some pictures and Michael and Branden signed the
trail register. There were 6 or 7 other hikers on the mountain but no
other thru hikers. It was a very touching and exciting moment for all
I have received 4 "Spot" notifications from Branden since they left.
All of them had the same message, "Yo! We're alive!", which is the same
message I hope to receive each time. He is also able to post "Help!".
Of course I don't ever want to receive that message.
I will continue sending out these updates whenever I have news to
I am very proud of Michael and Branden.
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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.