Last March I wrote a post about a former student who was setting off to hike the Appalachian Trail, following the trail up and down mountains for 2175 miles, all the way from Georgia to Maine.
SmilingStudent sent email updates whenever she could, always cheerful and upbeat. She talked about the wonderful community she found on the trail. "We are a species who are at our best when we work together." She said that before beginning the journey she thought that she would be pushing herself physically, but really the biggest challenge was learning the importance of patience and communication.
Last week, on a dark rainy day, Smiling Student made it to the summit at Katahdin - and completed the Appalachian Trail.