Dear Hiking America Members,
I hope this email finds you well and eager for your next adventure.
Today, I'm reaching out to share a special milestone that's close to my heart and, I hope, to yours as well.
It's been six incredible years since we began writing guides, drawing maps, plotting Gaia GPS Tracks & Routes, and curating your incredible Hiker Notes to the American Discovery Trail.
Mike "I Like Mike" Crowley (above) was the first of many to contribute to this project back in 2019. He has plans to set out on another cross-country trek later this year, including another section of the American Discovery Trail!
As we reflect on this journey, I wanted to share some milestones that we've achieved together.
By the Numbers: Our Collective Journey on the ADT
These numbers represent more than just data; they symbolize our shared dedication and passion for long-distance hiking and the discovery of the vast and varied landscapes of our beautiful country along the American Discovery Trail.
You can easily tell why our guides are digital and not sold as a book.
Even "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy is a mere 1352 pages!
As we celebrate this milestone, I am reminded of the countless stories, challenges, and triumphs that each waypoint, each page, and each mile carries –
– and the many friends, those above and many more, we've met along the way.
This journey isn't just about the paths we've mapped or the guides we've created. It's about the community we've built – a community of hikers, dreamers, and adventurers. Each one of you has played a crucial role in shaping this journey, and for that, I am eternally grateful.
As we look to the future, I am excited to continue this adventure with you, adding more miles, stories, and memories to our collective hiking experience. Your feedback, stories, and suggestions are invaluable, and I encourage you to keep them coming as they enable those who follow.
Thank you for being an integral part of this six-year journey.
Here's to many more years of exploring, learning, and growing together on the American Discovery Trail.
Let's do this together!
Hike Your Hike - John.
John Wesley Brett
Hiking America Creator, Curator
P.S. We always love to hear about your experiences, lessons learned on the trail, and suggestions. Feel free to hit reply and share your story – it might just be the inspiration for our next guide update or newsletter feature!