Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail
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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/27/2012 13:50:23 MDT Print View

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Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/27/2012 14:15:18 MDT Print View

Go, Sunshine, go!!!

James Castleberry
(Winterland76)
"Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail" on 03/27/2012 15:15:27 MDT Print View

I will be eagerly anticipating the stories! Good luck!

Ryan Linn
(ryan.c.linn)

Locale: Maine!
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 06:51:57 MDT Print View

You two are rock stars. I hope you enjoy your trip to the east!

Louis Brooks
(louisb)

Locale: North Adirolf
Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 07:05:55 MDT Print View

Are you doing a trail journal? I would like to follow along on your trip.

edit: Just found your trail journal. http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=364996

Thanks,

--louis

Edited by louisb on 03/28/2012 08:33:48 MDT.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 07:48:36 MDT Print View

Eric your little girls and adorable!

Jim Cowdery
(james.cowdery) - MLife

Locale: Central Florida
AT on 03/28/2012 07:56:22 MDT Print View

I am envious! My daughter, Jukebox, finished the trail in 2009 at age 18. It has been my dream to thru-hike for several years but I have only been able to section hike. I did manage to do a few sections with her including her finish at Springer Mountain.

And if you really want to be southern all-y’all need to be safe and have a good time!!

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Looking forward to your adventure on 03/28/2012 08:32:43 MDT Print View

I certainly enjoyed following your 2011 PCT adventure and I'm looking forward, once again, to follow your 2012 AT adventure. Good luck out there on the trail this year.

John McAlpine
(HairlessApe) - M

Locale: PNW
Can't wait to Follow this Trip as Well on 03/28/2012 09:36:51 MDT Print View

What a fantastic family! I wish you luck on your AT hike. I was just ahead of you on the PCT in Oregon. I was hiking with Wired at that time. I remember seeing notes on the trail written for Sunshine to pick up. I'm sure they were notes saying how amazing she is.

What are Keen Mesh Ramblers? I don't see them on the Keen site.

Edited by HairlessApe on 03/28/2012 09:41:49 MDT.

Maxine Weyant
(Maxine) - MLife
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 11:54:23 MDT Print View

Re: Cuben rain chaps--I scuffed holes in mine at the inner ankles within a day or 2. You might want to reinforce the bottom or rig a strap closure. I had Dirty Girl gaiters but the chaps always slid out after a short time.

Kudos to you both for the Active Water endorsement, for "walkin' the talk!"

I met you 2 on the PCT last year just north of Crater Lake NP, and the renowned Billy Goat just 20 minutes later. I'm not a big blog follower, but it has been such a pleasure keeping up with you 2. I'm so delighted you're continuing on with your spirited forays!

Maxine (Dys-feng shui-nal)

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 12:10:13 MDT Print View

Dear Sunshine and Balls,

We are excited to follow your journey once more. I ended up reading your PCT account as bedtime stories to our girls and they simply ate it up. They will be thrilled to follow you on the AT as they are inspired for their own hikes by your steady stories. May God bless your every step.

Patti Binder
(quiltbinder) - MLife

Locale: Southwestern Indiana
Sunshine on the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 12:59:53 MDT Print View

How exciting! I won't be able to follow your progress online, but hope to meet you on the trail, when you pass me. I'm starting 3/30 from Standing Bear Farm. N of the Smokies, And will also be traveling N, though at a slower pace. So if you pass an older lady with wooden hiking poles and wearing a Macabi Skirt and Sunday Afternoons Adventure hat, please stop me to chat. If we're in camp, Sunshine can try out my hammock.
I was very impressed by your PCT hike.

Have a fantastic hike,
Longskirt

George Davis
(nsiderbam) - F

Locale: mid-Atlantic
Jealous! on 03/28/2012 13:23:25 MDT Print View

I had a great time reading about your adventures on the PCT and am excited to read about your experiences on the AT. I spent a week on it over spring break and every single thru-hiker I met was an awesome person -- the trail is a lot more beautiful than I expected (coming from a west-coaster who hadn't hiked on the AT until a year ago).

Do you have a blog that you'll be updating or will all of your updates be posted as articles on BPL?

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 03/28/2012 20:02:48 MDT Print View

I too am looking forward to following your adventures for another hike!

C Nugget
(nuggetwn)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Sunshine & Balls on 03/28/2012 20:28:37 MDT Print View

Travel safe & God Bless

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Cool!!! on 03/28/2012 20:45:45 MDT Print View

Go Sunshine and B*lls!

I'd follow your journal but for the life of me can't seem to figure out how to "join" or "subscribe".

Michael Ray
(topshot) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re: Cool!!! on 03/29/2012 10:35:42 MDT Print View

Warren,
The RSS feed button is on the bottom left column of their page so you can add it to your favorite Reader.

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Inspiring on 03/29/2012 14:14:03 MDT Print View

Kudos to both of you! When I told my son about the long trails of this country, his reaction was "we could go backpacking and camping for four months straight!". I'll be sure to share this story with him.

Quick question - how did you work out Sunshine's schoolwork while she's on the trail? I'd like for Mickey and I to do a long trail at some point. If you have any tips on negotiating that, I'd be interested.

Eric Gjonnes
(EKG) - MLife

Locale: Northwest
School on the trail on 03/29/2012 23:02:52 MDT Print View

Good question Kier. Oregon requires a child to be enrolled in a school or Homeschool program. We contacted our local state education district and enrolled her as a Homeschool student only for the months on the trail. But she returns to public school the rest of the year. We worked with her teachers to see their recomendations as to what she should study on the trail. They even provided work sheets for us to put into our resuply packages. Last year, she started public school ahead of many students even though she was a month late. Contact the office in your area that governs home school requirements and see what you need to do to make this happen. You will never regret it!
Thanks for following us,
Balls and Sunshine

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
"Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail" on 03/30/2012 06:19:03 MDT Print View

Good Luck and enjoy the trail!

School work is mostly learning about things that are interesting. The AT is certainly one with lots of history available. Bugs are not real bad, but can get annoying, nothing like black fly season in the North East or ADK's. Ticks, and Lyme disease, are a problem with many authorities predicting a difficult year. (My wife picked up Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever on our trip, about the same time frame. We spent a couple days getting her tested and getting an anti-biotic. Odd, but, hey...that *is* a trail.) If you can get a couple days to spend in washington, the Smithsonian has excelent natural history departments. Along with coverment visitations...Well worth the stop even if they don't let you climb the Washington Monument anymore.

Yeah, vitamins, and minerals are somthing that is often missed with dehydrated foods. Especialy, the "fresh" vitamins...folic acid, vitamin-C, etc. You sound like you have it well in hand. I would suggest picking up some fresh ruits/veggies as you leave town...pills and mixes are never the same. Use care with water sources, the AT passes through several populated places. Chemical, filters and even boiling does not clean the water in a lot of these.

Sunny Waller
(dancer) - M

Locale: Southeast USA
Happy Trails on 03/30/2012 11:06:29 MDT Print View

WOW... I am so excited for you both and cannot wait to read your articles. I live in Atlanta and the weather forcast for Sunday is awesome. Up in the mountains we are already having warm days with cool evenings. I would love to meet meet yall but I will not be up on the trail this weekend. I teach a lightweight backpacking class at the Hike Inn which is on a alternative approach trail on the way up to the top of Springer from Amicalola State Park. If you are hiking up to Springer it is worth the trip to stop in and have some cookies for the trail. Please send me a PM if you want an extra contact at this end of the trail...I will be happy to help out if you need anything.

Kier Selinsky
(Kieran) - F

Locale: Seattle, WA
Re: School on the trail on 03/30/2012 15:44:03 MDT Print View

Sounds good - thanks for the info! Good luck!

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Places you should visit on 03/30/2012 16:40:14 MDT Print View

You guys should have a ball on this trip! Here are some places you should visit.

1. Grayson Highlands - Obviously you two will hike through this area but I'd plan on having Teresa and Butterfly meet you at Grayson Highlands state park for some family time. The area is beautiful and their are wild ponies (actually very tame ponies but they are cute and I'm sure Butterfly would enjoy them). From the park its a short hike into the high country so Teresa and Butterfly could get a nice hike in relatively easily if they wanted to. I think there are showers down in the campground but I'm not sure.
2. Colonial Willaimsburg - A bit expensive but if you (Balls) like American History this is the place to go. Probably about the closest thing to travelling back in time you can experience.
3. Air and Space museum.

I'm be in Virginia in early summer/late summer. Maybe I'll see you.

Edited by Cameron on 03/30/2012 16:50:03 MDT.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: Places you should visit on 03/30/2012 18:01:39 MDT Print View

+1 on Number 2 Colonial Williamsburg is blast from the past.

When my wife and I were there the Play House was great. During the play the audience is invited to make comments aloud to the cast of the play. It was a "hoot"!

And what kids don't like ponies?

Party On,

Newton

Matthew Zion
(mzion) - F

Locale: Boulder, CO
Re: Sunshine on the AT on 04/03/2012 09:50:46 MDT Print View

Best of luck to you both! Sunshine working on triple crown before 13?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 04/07/2012 17:25:08 MDT Print View

Nice video on Oregon Field Guide

http://watch.opb.org/video/2214199608

Monty Montana
(TarasBulba) - MLife

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: BPL backpack on 04/09/2012 18:56:36 MDT Print View

Way to go! And good luck!

In one of your earlier posts you mentioned that Sunshine's BPL backpack suffered a catastrophic failure. Because I bought one during the heyday of BPL, I would be interested in knowing the exact nature of the failure so that I can reinforce the weak part if possible.

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
Balls and Sunshine on Washington Post on 06/27/2012 15:50:50 MDT Print View

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/reed-gjonnes-walks-the-appalachian-trail-with-her-dad/2012/06/25/gJQAE09c2V_story.html

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Sunshine Prepares for the Appalachian Trail on 06/27/2012 16:02:21 MDT Print View

Monty, my understanding from talking to Eric was that a seam split on Sunshine's BPL Absaroka pack. The same thing happened to the Gregory pack they bought (I believe in Mammoth) to replace it. I donated them a size small Gossamer Gear Mariposa (which I bought really cheap several years ago on closeout and has been sitting under the bed in my spare bedroom because my grandkids couldn't use it). Sunshine used it for all of Oregon and Washington, and she's still using it on the AT as we speak.