Terminus Tea…

some of you might remember that our son set out on 11 April from Springer Mountain in Georgia walking north on the Appalachian Trailappalachian-trail

encountering all kinds of weather (even some slushy snow for Mother’s Day)…

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the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in America with more than 2,000 miles of trail and 250+ shelters…

magpies-nest-colin-szymkowicz-on-the-atthe overall elevation gain makes it equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times…colin-szymkowicz-enjoying-the-walk

each year a couple thousand people try to hike the AT from beginning to end in one season…magpies-nest-colin-at-new-hampshire1

only a few hundred “thru-hikers” as they are called manage to finish the entire hike…Magpie's Nest Colin Szymkowicz Maine

we are extremely happy and excited that our thru hiker reached the northern terminus on 2 September and had some fun at the top  (his trail name is Deuces so it is special that he completed his quest on 2 September)Colin Szymkowicz Deuces has Fun at the top 2 Sept 2016

he said this photo was inspired by the Queen’s Guard (you have to imagine the black bearskin hat and red uniform…our boy has a great sense of humor!)…

Colin Szymkowicz reaches Maine Terminus 2 Sept 2016

in this photo you get a better idea of what the weather conditions were like that day (a bit brisk … his trusty backpack has been with him every step of the way)…at-energy-snacks-snickers (1)

you may remember the Snickers photo we took before he packed his food boxes… there is a tradition on the trail that says your last Snickers bar is your trail fortune as there is a word on one side of each bar…Colin White Blaze Trail fun

he got “Goofball”…
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since I am combining this update with my T Stands for Tuesday post I thought I would include a favorite photo of Colin with our traveling tea cup when we met him in Waynesboro, Virginia back in June…Colin Szymkowicz Woodsman

it took lots of planning and preparation not to mention stamina and determination all along the way…  we are excited and very happy for Colin… he is camping in Acadia National Park for a few days and will be making his way south to Virginia 🙂

 

 

38 responses to “Terminus Tea…

  1. A great narrative and wonderful pictures! 🙂

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  2. Congrats to your wonderful boy on his achievement, hats off! Loved the photos, he really has humour! You can be very proud of him. You did good job bringing him up. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  3. What a wonderful feat to accomplish. He must be proud as I know his parents are too. Love his sense of humor!!! xoxoxo

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  4. What an achievement!
    The Mahatma Gandhi’s words come to my mind: “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
    Congrats to your son, dear Patty and a very big “Bravo” to you and your husband, you two knew how to instill values to your son! xo

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  5. Hi Patty, of course you must be very proud of your adventurous and strong son. I’m in awe 🙂 The photographs and collages are stunning. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day, Hugs, Shirleyxx

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  6. Oh what a special feat and adventure! Congratulations Colin!!! And congrats to the proud parents for raising such a fine well rounded young man. LOVE that special photo of him saluting he sign:) Beautiful scenery all around. Thanks for sharing and a happy T day to you!

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  7. What an incredible achievement, congratulations to him.

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  8. Congratulations go out to Mr. Colin! After these pictures I am sure he has more than a few female followers!!! Quite an adventurous and artistic young man. So many of his pictures remind me of our home in Western North Carolina. My favorite picture? Why the one with the traveling tea cup of course!
    sandy xx

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  9. Suzanne Walters

    Congratulations to Colin for achieving this trail. I have enjoyed seeing the pictures. They are truly very moody and dramatic.
    Best wihes from Suzanne (UK )

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  10. Congratulations on this accomplishment! Happy T Tuesday 🙂

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  11. A big big BRAVO to Colin! Just awesome !
    Thank you for the photos Patty!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  12. Dearest Patty, congratulations again with this fantastic task ,Colin put himself on ,and implemented! What a determination, and endurance. He can truly be proud and so very happy, to have managed the whole trail. The photos are beautiful, too, as always ,when you are the photographer ,my friend, and there must have been other good “takers” around him, too, 🙂 . Happy returning to Virginia, to your son, I bet you will be waiting with open arms !! xoxoxo

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  13. My goodness Colin Congratulations!!! I’m so proud of you!! Wow! Thank you and your mom for all the wonderful photos. I devoured them! Absolutely beautiful! Happy Tday Patty!!! Hugs! deb

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  14. Wow, what an accomplishment- must be a great guy! oxo

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  15. Wonderful photos! Well done Colin! xxx

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  16. congratulations! he can be proud and i´m sure you also are. wonderful photos (the last one with the “face” on the tree is gorgeous.) you will be happy to have him home safe and Sound!
    happy t-day!

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  17. What an unbelievable feat for Colin and a feather in your caps for raising such a go-getter. I know you are both proud of him and his unbelievable accomplishment.

    Thanks for sharing this update, the rest of his journey, and some shots from before. Of course, we can’t discount the traveling tea cup. Thanks for including it for T this Tuesday.

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  18. Wow! What an accomplishment! Congratulations to Colin! And, to you and Mr. Magpie for being such great cheerleaders. When you said he was going to make his way back to Virginia…is he hiking?

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  19. Four star! No, five! Congratulations to Colin! I’ve heard about the challenges of this from Rick’s niece who did it earlier this year and it’s one tough journey and a grand adventure. I’m so glad Colin had the chance to experience this beautiful country and end up all in one piece at the top of the mountain!

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  20. So glad he made it to the end of the trail and is in good health and spirits! Congrats to him!!! 🙂

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  21. That is so exciting. What an accomplishment, for him and for you as his parent. That last part through NH and Maine is suppose to be tough, and he did it! 🙂 I didn’t know there were words on the sides of snicker bars, but he certainly used his goofball word perfectly. And loving the teacup photo too. Hope he can have a little “rest” before his next project, whatever that may be. Hugs-Erika (Oh and happy T day)

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  22. What an amazing accomplishment! You both must be so proud of him! Cheers! Xoxo

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  23. Congratulations Colin and I am glad to see you know how to drink a good cup of tea with the pinky just right.

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  24. WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER!!!!! So happy for him it a wonderful accomplishment to fulfill a dream ♡♡♡Great photos!

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  25. Huge congratulations are the order of the day for Colin. You all must be so pleased that he completed this marathon trek safely. The photos are fabulous and I am sure the Guards would be impressed with his salute.
    I’m sure this is one Happy T Day for you Patty.
    Yvonne xx

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  26. Oh what an amazing accomplishment,Bravo! Great photos and he has seen such a lot of different kinds of landscapes on his way, very impressive.
    I wish him all the best for his way back home, may he arrive healthy.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

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  27. A HUGE congratulations to your son, Patty. What a satisfying achievement.

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  28. Congratulations, I am so excited for you! What an AMAZING lifetime achievement and such an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing this astounding journey, there are so many fabulous memories that I’m sure you will cherish forever! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂

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  29. Well done Colin! ! What an amazing experience – and now you can all relax!! Love the photos! Hugs, Chrisx

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  30. Very big congratulations to Colin! What an amazing accomplishment!

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  31. What a great achievement! Big congratulations to Colin! You can be very proud, Patty.

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  32. What an amazing accomplishment and adventure – this is brilliant news!
    5 months is a long haul and I bet you can’t wait to have him home now at long last 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the information and wonderful photos Patty- the statistics were awesome, especially the one about being equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times – wow!
    Gill xx

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  33. Oh my!! Congratulations to Colin!! clapping and whoop -whooping going on here!!!
    What a hysterical photo of him at the top!! Great spirit and sense of humor your son has! I applaud Colin for his courageousness, strength and will!
    So very happy you have shared this with us dear Patty!!
    Please give him my best! and what an appropriate word for him on the snickers!! lol
    sending love & hugs

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  34. What an amazing accomplishment! His knees are still young -lol-

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  35. Yea Colin! His pictures are so great! I’m so happy for him…. it’s a great accomplishment. Love the pic with your teacup!!!

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  36. What an achievement for Colin. These photos show just how difficult the walk would be (but maybe not for Colin?). That is an interesting photo at the top!
    I wonder how he got the name of “Deuces”, did he choose it himself?
    The photo with the travelling teacup looks very civilised, that’s how I like to do walks.
    Hope all is well, Patty.

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  37. That’s wonderful Patty. Superb photos.

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  38. Patty this is sooooo cool! Good for him!!! Inspiring!

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