A.T. thru-hikers who survived to Maine

CARATUNC, MAINE, September 3, 2018 –  For the past seven days, I have been driving north up the Appalachian trail and stopping daily at trail heads along the Appalachian trail to run and hike the trail in search of  northbound hikers. I have a list of over sixty hikers I met and befriended as “trail magic” (leaving a cooler of cold drinks ) since March back in Georgia and North Carolina. By far the most dramatic reunion was two days ago in Caratunc Maine where I found a German father/daughter I had met at Fontana Dam in April.

Above: Tanook, me, Ronald and Daughter Voney (both from Frankfort, Germany) at Caratunc, Maine two days ago.

April 24th at Fontana Dam, NC, my first meeting with German thru-hikers Voney, Ellen, and Ronald. (note how Voney has bulked up in four months and her father Ronald has lost weight).


About Walter Cumming

Walter has created several travel portfolios for publication and for gallery shows. This will be his first live blog with sketchbook images uploaded from on location. Walter Cumming created award winning art for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 28 years. In 2008 he chose to leave the paper and become a full time, independent artist. In his final year at the AJC, Cumming received his highest national and international recognition, winning both the 2008 Best of Cox portfolio for illustration and first place for illustration in the 2008 international Society of Newspaper Design.
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