American Heritage Trail – Hiking from Isle of Palms, Charleston, SC (Atlantic Ocean) to Seaside, OR (Pacific Ocean) following historic Indian, exploration, and expansion routes.
Ed was born in 1945 and grew up on a dairy farm in southwestern Virginia. Liz was born in 1951 and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut where she was very active as a Girl Scout and with the Audubon Society. We met while attending Virginia Tech where we were both very active with the VPI Cave Club, as well as participating in backpacking, rock climbing, and paddling. Ed received an MS in Micro Economics and Liz received a BS in Mathematics and after additional classes in accounting passed the CPA exam. We were married in 1972. Over the years we worked at various jobs, including owning and operating our own printing business for eighteen years. Most recently Ed had been working as a part time captain for Charleston Harbor Tours and Liz had been working as an accountant for a local surveying and engineering company. We have had many years of backpacking experience and trip planning though until the last several years we had been primarily just weekend warriors. We have taught classes on backpacking, trip planning, land navigation, and outdoor safety plus led backpacking trips with Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission for ten years. We are also Outings Leaders with the Sierra Club, planning and leading backpacking trips, plus started a Backpacking Group under the Sierra Club here in Charleston about eight years ago which is still going strong. Also, we have done several extended backpacking trips on our own, many of which involved extensive planning and logistics. These include the following: (1) Seven day backpack to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,300 feet; (2) Twenty-four day backpack in California, hiking from Mt Whitney (the highest point in the lower 48 states at 15,400 feet) to Badwater, Death Valley (the lowest point in the western hemisphere); (3) Seventeen day backpack in Colorado, hiking a combination of the Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail; and (4) Fourteen day backpack in Arizona, hiking down in the Grand Canyon; plus many additional backopacking trips from weekend trips to week long trips in various places across the USA.
|Start:||March 25, 2008|
|Finish:||November 01, 2008|
Ed and Liz came through Cannon County TN and gave us the following journal entry. This is one way to see America without the high gas costs.