Its been a busy three weeks since the last update!
Firstly Callum went to the US Embassy in London for his interview for a visa to be allowed to stay in the USA for six months. This gives plenty of time to travel over and hike plus decompress at the end before flying home. The concern was they would see him using the six month visa as a bridge for the Green Card he’s been waiting 16 months for and not allow him to travel. Armed with a statement of intent from me, website printout, copy of the charity donation page, Wilderness First Aid certificate etc he was seen as having a valid reason to travel and was approved. We are just waiting for his passport to be returned with the visa so he can book his flights.
This has resulted in a delay in our intended start date and we are looking at the week of 23rd February now. No huge deal and we are aiming to be on the trail by 01 March so some flexibility there.
I attended a screening of the movie “Mile….Mile and a half” in Austin. This film is about the John Muir Trail:
A very well made and high quality film and would add the JMT to my “to-do” list. For more information check out there website: http://themuirproject.com
The evening was hosted by Timber and Little Engine who I followed on their AT hike last year. They won the ATC “We are the Appalachian Trail” video competition last year with a great video:
At completion of the movie there was a raffle…..I was blessed to win a Mountain Hardware Hueco 35 Day pack and baseball cap!
I have been busy making trail food and packing/organizing our mail drops:
Mail drop locations are currently:
- Fontana Dam NC 28733
- Erwin TN 37650
- Damascus VA 24236
- Harpers Ferry WV 25425
- Daleville VA 24083
- Delaware Water Gap PA 18327
- Manchester VT 05255
- Gorham NH 03581
- Monson ME 04464
Preparation is mostly completed and once Callum receives his visa he can organize his flights then we can firm up a start date.
Getting “Trail Fever” and ready to head out!