32 years ago I took this trip. I had to write this report for the class and as I was cleaning out a drawer, at home, the other day , I found it. As I read it tears began to stream down my cheeks. I had forgotten the details and it brought back the memories of that time. I've always known that trip taught me that I truly can do many tough things, maybe not anything as I naively wrote back then. Yet I discovered an inner strength and perseverance that has stuck with me to this day. And it has been helpful as my role as a wife and mother. I used to tell my girls that I was too stubborn to ever give up on them and for one who has taught each of them at home, from kindergarten through highschool, it is true. As for the future, I know that no challenge will go unmet in my life. It's not me that has that strength but God in me. I rely totally on him and his love.
Now I am ready for another such trip. Who wants to hike the Appalachian Trail with me? I bet I can still carry 40 lbs!