We are a family of six, from Lakeland, FL. This early summer we are setting out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail southbound. It all started when we went backpacking with our friends, the Browns. Somewhere between a growing appreciation for the value of disconnecting from the mayhem of crazy schedules by reconnecting to the bigger rhythms of life through nature and recognizing that our kids will soon be grown and gone, the idea of attempting a thru hike was born. And when it came, it came on suddenly and felt right. When Uncle Bill said, "This isn't the worst idea you've every had," we knew we were onto something. The truth is that while no time really is "right" for this kind of thing. This is as good as any. If not now, then when? So... here we go!
As a family we are actively involved in our church and our community in different ways. This inspired us to sit with our children and ask them, "If you could raise money for anything in the world with this hike, what would it be?" It is our hope that as you follow us down the trail that you will also partner with us to support one (or six) of the causes we have selected.