Final stretch thoughts from friends and family

Photo galleries by Becky Rentz

Mazie Lynn Guertin Causeyā€ˇ

It has been a wonderful distraction to follow your expedition this summer. The mental toughness you have shown, not to mention the physical, has been incredible. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are courageous in so many ways… ways that were made tangible with this hike. Congratulations to you. I am only sorry I could not see your face and hug your neck as you wrapped up this momentous effort today. Hugs from afar to you.

Paula Chambers

"Susan Cashmere Hornbuckle... finished her epic journey. This is her log in the AT trail book when she finished today. Congratulations Cashmere!!"

“Susan Cashmere Hornbuckle… finished her epic journey. This is her log in the AT trail book when she finished today. Congratulations Cashmere!!”

Susan Paraska

Dear Susan “Cashmere” Hornbuckle, saying thank you are too small of words for the joy and wonder that you brought to us through your remarkable journey along the Appalachian Trail. The memory of this summer will be forever. I am especially honored to have been part of the last three days as you made your summit to Springer Mountain with so many of those who care deeply for you and have shared many, many good times with you. Continue to live well and be happy!

Janice Dehaye Anderson

thank you so much for sharing your journey. you did such an amazing job and still had time to share with all of us. congrats on an amazing accomplishment!