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Mighty Blue on the Appalachian Trail:

The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis

Aug 10, 2023

Steve Vilsack joins us on the show today. He refuses to see limitations that would prevent many others from even attempting the Appalachian Trail. He is legally blind, he fell too many times to count, and he got to the end by sheer strength of character.

His story is an affirmation of the human spirit that will inspire many of us to not look at what we can’t do, rather what we can do.

You can follow Steve on Facebook at and Check out the home he renovated and the little house he hopes to welcome hikers to.

Mark Carpenter and Mary Marks are just a day or two apart, with Mary having hiked over Moosilauke and Mark about to do so. Here’s Mary at the top. Watch out for Mark next week at the same spot.

Justin Mullins (and his parrot) joined us between Mark and Mary today to talk about his local trail, The Allegheny Trail. You can learn more by clicking on any of the links below.


Allegheny Trail website

West Virginia Scenic Trails Association website

Email address

Allegheny Trail | Facebook

Allegheny Trail Instagram account

If you'd like to find out more about "Then The Hail Came," check out George's website at . You can also find George's book on Amazon at this link.

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