I'm sure that a long list of 'thank you's' isn't much fun to read but I am filled with such gratitude that I fear that if I don't express it, I will burst. So please, indulge me.
Want to learn to live outdoors for six months at a time like I do? Then visit GreatLakesBushcraft.com. I've hiked with Jeff Kindy and he is a true outdoorsman and a great teacher. Check him out.
I buy all my gear from Perry and the crew at Moosejaw in Ann Arbor, Birmingham and Detroit (yes, a real gear store in downtown Detroit). These guys use the gear they sell and they know what they're talking about. Catch them online at MoosejawMountaineering.com.
Kellie, Steve and all my friends at the Burning Boots Trail Club. I plan to join them for the March For The Fallen on September 13th in Spokane, WA.
The backpack made for me by Honor Point has been solid as a rock. Visit HonorPointUSA.com to see all their made in the USA products. Good people.
Thanks to Libby Shaw for connecting me with Fitbit. Really cool technology available at Fitbit.com.
Randy Step and his crew at the Ann Arbor Running Fit turned me on to Montrail trail shoes. Randy runs more miles in a year than I drive.
The Wolverine Lake Crew includes my oldest and dearest friend, Suzanne Hollyer, her husband Drew Chinarian, Susie's mom Marlyss Hollyer and her friend Jim Bozzi and even Drew's brother Jim and his wife Gina have all been super-supportive of all my crazy hikes.
All my old high school buddies (including the aforementioned Susie and Libby) George Hughes, Jeff Weiner, Ellen Paynter, and Linda Ferrante have all been more than kind to me.
Gary and Bethany Zaborowski and Gary's mom, Pam White have been helping me since the planning stages of this hike.
Trish Drent good care of me at Yellowstone and has been helping me ever since.
Bob 'Beaker' and Chris 'Dragonfly' Turner are my hiking buddies and Trail Angels.
Sabine 'Foureyes' Pelton prepared and dehydrated a month's worth of food for me. I miss her terribly.
Traci Rink, Ron Foon and Katie Rink
Jason 'Hee Haw' Phelps is my brother. He gives me advice and sent me two SWEET care packages.
Other hikers Lisa 'Kaboom' Karst and Josh 'Kitten' Gann.
Tim and Ellen Haas
My Ironwood friends Lee-Ann Garski and Denise Stephens.
Dianne Foster, Hal Foster and Bill Harmon
The entire Downriver and Friends FB group
My niece Chelsea Hillier, her parents Jim and Patti Hillier, my dear sister Carol Machak and my brother Rob Hillier
My old coworkers Ian Cvancara and Nicole and Dave Smith
Nancy Krupiarz and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. Please visit MichiganTrails.org
Betsy and Michael Gosselin and Andy "Astro" Lyons
The good folks at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Dearborn, Michigan
As always, my housemates and re-supply team Martha Rogers and Sandra Lowe
My sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped me with this hike. Only about 400 trail miles to go. We can do it!
|I hike with all of you in spirit|