We did it! A joyful finale to a memorable journey!

Epic adventures are about the people you meet. We were fortunate and honored to become friends with Sage and Alex Herr, two amazing young ladies with joyful souls. The three became fast friends. Along with their mom, Trish, and our good friend, Steve, they accompanied us on our final hike up Mt. Starr King.

We did it! Janelle and I climbed them. The 52 WAV are complete! On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 10:45 a.m. Janelle stepped up onto Mt. Starr King and completed an amazing quest that began one year and six days ago when we first set off on this journey of discovery across New Hampshire.

We laughed. Alot. And we cried a little too. Mostly, we learned about each other and about ourselves. We are better friends.

And now, we’re taking our story to you.

Honestly, we have no idea what the heck we’re going to say. But tomorrow, as we gather at the Woman’s Club of Concord and munch on trail mix and PB&Js with the kind ladies who invited us, we begin a new chapter in our amazing adventure. Stop by. We’d love to meet you and hear about your own adventures. We’ll be there from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Chamberlin House, 44 Pleasant St., Concord NH 03301).

The next couple weeks will be spent with our families, sharing this great journey with them and being thankful for their support. We’ll unpack, rest, look over our pictures and let the events of this past year reach some mellow peace in our minds. After Thanksgiving, we’ll be back with the series of final vignettes, as well as announcements regarding upcoming appearances. (And knowing us, there will be more adventures squeezed in there as well!)

I’ll have more pics and a slide show in the next few days. And perhaps I’ll have a little excerpt about our final hike. But for tonight, as I thought about this great weekend, I wanted to find the picture that best summed up this past year. I can find no better image than the above shot of Janelle, Sage and Alex.

Keep hiking your own hike my friends. Today we rest, tomorrow we begin a new adventure. Stay tuned, the best is certainly yet to come!

Buffalo and Tough Cookie celebrate number 52 at the old fireplace atop Mt. Starr King. What a fine journey!

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17 thoughts on “We did it! A joyful finale to a memorable journey!

  1. Congratulations to both of you.

  2. Hooray! You’re both awesome.

  3. Melissa

    Congratulations on finishing the 52! I have enjoyed reading your posts of your hiking adventures. Tough cookie seems like the perfect trail name for Janelle, as she certainly sounds like one tough and strong girl. You both must feel so proud to have achieved this goal. My husband andI have hiked a few of the 52 (before I heard of the list) and I am now inspired to hike them all! Can’t wait to read your book this spring!

    • Thanks Melissa, Janelle is one remarkable kid though I think I’m biased about that šŸ™‚ We are proud and excited to begin this new phase of our adventure! Yes, please look into this list. There are some beautiful, moderate and sadly overlooked mountains that are just begging to be climbed. Please let me know if I can help with trailheads or any other information that may be helpful!

  4. Nancy

    What great pictures!! We are so proud of you, Janelle – and grateful to you, Dan!!! What a quick year this has been … and what wonderful new adventures will come!

  5. Patti Chappell

    Congratulations to you both. Did you start the next adventure by going over to Waumbek from Starr King? It’s been fun following your hikes and reading the excerpts of your chapters. Enjoy Thanksgiving and the memories of the 52!

  6. Reena Koirala

    Indeed a marvelous achievement ! Congratulations!

  7. Jackie V

    WOW!!!!! This is way more than I could ever do! Congratulations to both of you! Hope I can make it for a short time on Tuesday. Sr. Jacqueline

  8. Aunt Margie

    Congradulation!!!! I am so proud of you both. You have accomplished your goals and shared the experiences with all who love you. I felt as though I was with you in spirit. Now Janelle has started on her path to fame what comes next? The Rockies? Looking forward to seeing her next week. Love to you both.

  9. Thanks Margie! Right now, both our immediate plans are to spend time with our families, rest and enjoy the holidays! In the next few weeks Janelle and I may do an event or two. And she already has something in her head that she’d like to pursue, but it’s too early to talk about that yet!

  10. Awesome job. Thank you for allowing us to tag along on your adventures. I hope our hiking paths cross. You are both remarkable people. Happy Hiking!!

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