The Letter People - JT, L and E. The patience and helpfulness you showed us are beyond words. I can't imagine a better support crew and we are so grateful that you stuck with us through the many plan changes. The notes of encouragement and delicious snacks were so special and we're lucky to have you as friends. Thank you.
Our Parents - Not all parents would be thrilled if their 30-something kids quit their jobs to walk around for a summer, but ours were. Both sets of parents were supportive and downright excited for us. They met us several times on the trail and couldn't have been more positive. They're pretty adventurous too - spending their time in RV's traveling the country. We are lucky, lucky kids. Thank you.
My Brother - I always felt fortunate to have the sibling that I do, but he continues to amaze me. He's younger, but his advice always reminds me that he is wiser. And when we felt stuck in the middle of nowhere, he drove 20 hours in two days to get us. Quite simply, he is fantastic. Thank you.
People Who Housed Us - Along the way, we were invited to stay with friends who were close to the trail. Understand that we smelled awful, ate our weight in food daily and came with a giant dog, so we were not exactly ideal house guests. Yet still, we were welcomed by these special folks.
- Walka - He hiked with Serial in '08 and invited us to stay for a night with him, his fiance and their two dogs. We ended up staying two nights and he even invited our friend TK to join too. They were truly generous and it was a well-timed visit since Serial was recovering from an illness. Thank you.
- The Letter People - As if they weren't doing enough, they shuttled us to and from the trail and allowed us to stay with them on their farm. It was amazing to eat fresh greens from their garden and let Rooney play with his buddy, Runner. Thank you.
- Christine & Brian - They are former thru-hikers who met on the trail and later got married (how cute, right?) so they knew exactly what we needed. They gave us space to spread out and a yard for Rooney to play in with their sweet doggies. Thank you.
- Dennett - He let 30 of our friends tent in his yard and he opened his home to us. Let me say that first part again. He let 30 of our smelly hiker friends tent in his yard. That's a lot of hiker mess to invade his space. Thank you.
- Angie - She literally moved out of her house and stayed with her boyfriend to allow us to stay there. Right after she had a cast put on her foot. Thank you.
- Steve & Lauren - Serial's parents who live in a fifth wheel full-time while they tour the country. They obviously have limited space, but they welcomed us with open arms several times along the trail. They even gave us the bedroom. Thank you.
- Karen & George - Karen drove an hour to pick us up and another hour to drop us off, just so we could have a weekend of relaxation with her and her husband. She made us delicious meals and gave us a basement fit for royalty to post up in. George even took us out on the Susquehanna River and taught us how to paddle. It was the perfect getaway. Thank you.
- Joel & Amanda - They picked us up and hosted us in their amazing home in NJ. It was perfect timing because Rooney was still wearing his cast and they were so understanding and kind, even though it meant their cats had to stay confined to one half of the apartment while Rooney was in the other. Thank you.
- Mitch - We stayed with my brother before the hike and now again at the end. There isn't enough room on the internet to thank him enough for all that he has done for us. Thank you.
Family - Serial and I both come from large extended families and having that many aunts, uncles and cousins cheering us on was amazing. Every time I sent an email update out, I received back loads of love. Thank you.
Friends - Our friends had some pretty major life milestones happening while we were gone and they still found time to send us love. Newlyweds, busy parents and three close friends that had brand new babies this summer (welcome to the world Finn, Ashlyn and Lily!!) and yet still they were there cheering us on. Pretty amazing.
Damascus Friends - A special shout-out to the people who put planted the hiking seed. Without the experience of living in Damascus, I would not have the passion for the outdoors that I do. Running, hiking, gardening, bonfires, building something from nothing (DD!)...all examples of what Damascus is about. Thank you.
Coworkers - I work in a corporate environment and that's not typically what you think of when you hear "hiker". But when I told my coworkers that I was going to take time off of working to spend a summer hiking, they showed nothing but support and encouragement. They sent packages along the way and emailed us all the time. Thank you.
Trail Friends - One of the best parts of hiking is the people that you meet. We were so lucky to have a great crew of people around us and I consider them friends for life. If they ever needed anything, I would be right there for them. TK, Octo, Brown, Hook, Solsbury, Ginger, Red, Little Foot, Bearcub, Guy Line, Mayor, Mountain Goat, Disco, Piedmont, Ghost Smoke, Sherbert, Fudgie, Sancho, Gator, Rudy, Flinstone, Strawberry. Thank you.
Kind Strangers - We encountered so many instances of kindness from complete strangers. Thank you taking a few minutes out of your day to help make ours better. Thank you.
~Jill, Terry & Rooney