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Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Here we come! And look who got to come! Yes, David and his girls drove atll the way from Philadelphia. The tradeoff was that Marie came with them and has to go right back with them too, instead of going on to the conference with me. It will be too weird that she won't be there. But David wanted to come so bad, and then the girls got excited too. But his wife had to work, and he couldn't make an 18 hour drive with the girls alone. They couldn't come to the conference because Dave has to leave on a business trip on Monday... so we decided that we would chose to have them all come to my final hike.
It added a fun dimension to have the little girls there. They hiked the whole way, and both were happy. I'm not sure why Mia isn't smiling in this picture; rest assured that she was having a good time.
Here I am with the four other people who attended who have been on a hike of over 100 miles with me. You've already met Bess, sort of know Marie, have met David, and have not yet heard about Lyle, unless you were following this blog in the spring of 2009 when we hiked the Minnesota Arrowhead. So I'll try to introduce you to Lyle soon.
Here's David with Mia, Anja in front and pieces of Marie and Lyle. I just liked Dave with the girls here.
And my big reward? Well, there were lot of them in terms of friendship, and some joke gifts and small mementos, but here I am receiving the End-to-End patch from NCTA Executive Director, Bruce Matthews.
Quite a day! Not sure about access tomorrow... I'll have to take each day as it comes while I'm at the conference.
Thank you for all your kind wishes! Now I have to go to bed because I have to be on the road at 5:30 am to make it to the Conference on time for a meeting tomorrow. I'm traveling with Lyle now... two cars, but we are "together."