Wednesday, May 23, 2012
FFP 2012: The Hikers
Before I can discuss the trip though I need to introduce you to the hikers who completed the 50km, 4 day trip, with me. This introduction is important because all of these people are important to me and they are all family. I'm not sure if such records are kept on hikers of the FFP, but I'm sure the feat we completed is rare. You see there were three generations of Whalens on this trip. I'll introduce you to them from youngest to oldest but will not be using the youths names.
The last hiker was me. I have hiked the FFP, end to end, more than 20 times including a couple of solo treks, not to mention a number of partial hikes along the trail. I was organizing the hike this time and planned the hiking schedule and meals. The goal was to keep a relaxed pace and make the best of the camping time. I was so proud to be a part of this team and my father at 62 easily reasserted himself as my hero. I only hope that I can hike the trails with my son at 62.
Over the next few blog entries I hope to tell you about a few iconic locations along the trail and how three generations observed the many natural assets of this trail.