I had my first newspaper interview today about the hike. My son Joshua and I sat down with a reporter from the Daily Progress to answer questions and discuss our hike. They are interested in running a special feature on the hike in the Sunday paper, hopefully to appear in the November 4th edition. We talked about many things with the reporter, from the desire to do the hike, to the preparation required, how we got along as a mom and son team, and the after effects (the reporter was amazed at our weight loss, for example. Our combined total loss was 80 lbs!). We also shared picture highlights of the trip as well.
The reporter also brought out something that I did consider as I was enduring the challenge of such a hike with its ups and downs, not only physically but mentally and spiritually. He said this was a great accomplishment to pass down throughout the generations, that we had hiked the Appalachian Trail and did so as a mother / son team. My response to that was, yes, I do want my grandchildren and great grandchildren to remember what we did. But my hope and prayer is that they will carry on the baton and do the trail themselves! That would be the greatest legacy, that the dream of hiking the whole Appalachian Trail need not end here but lives on.