BENEFITING: Outward Bound, Inc.
On March 20th of this year (2011), we stood on Springer Mountain in North Georgia. We recalled with mixed joy and sorrow a camping trip in 1988 when my husband Norman promised our then 10 year old son Adam that when he turned 60 and retired they would hike the Appalachian Trail together. We walked around visiting the spots where those conversations happened. We spread some of Adam's ashes mixed with tears on that ground.
Norman laced up his $5 thrift store boots and hit the Appalachian Trail for a 2,181-mile journey layered with meaning and keeping the promise he made so many years ago. I have no doubt that Norman is "hiking with Adam".
Norman (trail name Jingles) continues to hike through 14 states, up mountains, through towns and across rivers. He will climb up Mount Katahdin in Maine early October, spread some more of Adam's ashes, look up and smile and say "We did it".
Adam's journey through a sometimes difficult life ended in 2000 when, under circumstances still considered suspicious, he drowned in a lake near Gainesville. He continues to live through us as we carry on ... his legacy, an Outward Bound scholarship. A course Adam took when he was 16 changed his life. He would want others to have the same opportunity. Since the Adam Morris Outward Bound Scholarship began in 2001 we have sent 8 students to summer programs. This year, we have a recipient attending the 2 month leadership program in Washington State. All proceeds for this hike go directly to the scholarship.
You can read more about my amazing husband at http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/pasco-father-embarks-on-long-hike-in-honor-of-his-late-son/1151248
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