Today was a perfect day to summit Katahdin. More details tomorrow but I am officially a Thru-Hiker!!!!!
So proud of you, my friend!
Kurtz – the visit in NY was so powerful – thanks for the sacrifice!!!
You are amazing! I am so thrilled for you. Incredible. Great job, Dave!
Thanks Eddy – it was all I thought it would be plus sooooooo much more.
Dave – you are my HERO !! We are so very proud of you and are humbled to know you personally. GOD is good – what a blessing you are. F
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Dan- I am humbled by your words. Every step I was breathing in His grace.
… That “F” was for Fantastic. Can’t wait to see you in person.
Super proud of your accomplishment!
Sharon – thanks for your many encouragements.
Dave – It was great fun following you. Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing with me in Front Royal.
Bruce – what a great experience. I would love to chat again. The hike was truly transforming. Thank you for being one of my trail angels!!!!!!
Esther- thank you. God is so faithful!!
Congratulations!Way to go! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 I’ve been subscribed to your blog since you got into NC! Such an inspiration!
Equipping Hearts – thanks so much for following my posts. I am humbled by your interest.
Congratulations! What an amazing journey that we are so thankful you have shared! So very happy for you!
Mitzi – much to share face to face.
Todd – thanks, my brother
Congratulations!!!! Praise God for His faithfulness!!!!
Amen. God’s faithfulness has underscored my daily experience!!!
Hallelujah! What an accomplishment…by God’s grace & your perseverance. So thrilled for you, Dave! Rejoicing with you! J&J
Amen and glory to God.
Congratulations! God is Good!
Dave…. Congratulations!!!! I am very happy for you and proud of your efforts. You make us old guys look good. 🙂
Kevin – thank you so much for following and commenting on the blog during my hike. Your encouragements have blessed my heart.
You are truly amazing, Mr. Rough! This is such an outstanding accomplishment but I’m so glad to know you will be headed home soon. Blessings to you as you integrate back into your life again.
Misty – what a special person you are. Thanks for praying for the integration.
congratulations!!! fond memories…these will last you a life time…you will go to bed thinking of them and dreaming you are still on the trail…enjoy them…
Jim – I have been hiking the trail in my dreams for several weeks now. I am ready to be HOME and reflect on the trail from a distance.
Congratulations, Dave! We’ve been blessed seeing your posts and praying for you.
Mark and Helen – thanks for sharing the experience through the blog.
Awesome job Dave. A perfect jubilant photo too! Congratulations to you. You took so many others along on your journey; I think that is a record too. Praising God for your success!
Katjandu – thank you for your many words of encouragement over the months – they were such a blessing to me.
Amazed at your adventure.
Amazed at your persistence.
Amazed at your Faith to carry you through.
The Lord is truly Amazing.
Bud – and I am truly amazed at His grace.
Way to go Dr D
Laura- I am overwhelmed by God’s complete faithfulness.
Dave, you’re an inspiration! Way to go!
Revpattison – thanks for you kind comment. I need to give God all the praise for the hike and the summit.
So excited for you. Congratulations!
Sue – thank you so much. The hike is over but the transformation continues.
Congrats!!!!! I can scarcely imagine the amount of dedication and hard work that you needed to achieve your goal, you’ve done something both wonderful and amazing. Now enjoy lots of real food and comfy chairs!
Mike and Troop 48
Mike and Troop 48 – it was incredible to see you on the trail. I am so glad that I was able to make it to the end – one of your picks finished the trail 🙂
Reblogged this on South Jersey Trails and commented:
Back in March, I blabbered on about backpacking and the Appalachian Trail and some thru-hikers I’d be following virtually this season. Today, one of them summited Katahdin. HUGE congrats to Dr. Dave on achieving his dream of doing the whole AT!
Yes!!! So awesome, Dad. We are incredibly proud of you and can’t wait to see you. Please go eat two pizzas and a half gallon of ice-cream.
Ben – ice-cream: done. Pizza will be on the menu very soon!
Yay ,Dr.D!! You Made it!!!! We are so proud of you and have been following your blog on the smart board during devotions. Go have a good meal. You deserve it! We recommend Golden Coral!!
Blessings, Mrs. Pummill’s homeroom
Carolyn – thanks so much for bringing my hike into your classroom. I so appreciate the support and prayers of your students. Maybe I can come visit your class sometime soon.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing your journey with us!
Matt – thanks so much for following the blog and joining my adventure.
It has been a part of my routine to check on you. It has been a good summer. I will come and see your presentation. Let us know when, now get back to work. : ) (humor) Part of the DCS family.
Mitch – thanks for these encouraging words and sense of humor – I am looking forward to the office.
Outstanding !!!!! I will give you some time to rest and then will give you a call. Congratulations……..
B of B – I will look forward to the call (or even better – a visit!)
Congratulations! It’s been so fun to follow your journey here. Looking forward to having you back. 🙂
Katie – I am so excited about being back at DC. Thanks for your encouragement.
Whooooo-hooo! Holy hoppin’ hamsters you did it!
Shelby – I could not have said it any better!
Hearty congratulations! What an accomplishment. I have enjoyed reading your adventures for the last weeks.
Rick – thanks for you comments and thanks for following my journey.
What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations! Now, time to give those feet a rest for an hour or two.
Patti – my feet are such a gift from God. I am absolutely amazed at their durability. A rest and a soak are coming up.
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Thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014
Retired Superintendent of the Dayton Christian School System
Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University
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