Grand Lake to Below Ruby Mountain
Dedicated to Brownie and all those that support thru-hikers
For 16 years our family was blessed with a very dedicated companion, Brownie a chocolate lab. A couple of months ago we said good-bye to him afte old age had taken over his once lean and strong body. He was the protector of my children and home and a friend to all who approached him. He was also strong in spirit, steadfast, dependable, and believe it or not a trailblazer.
Over the years Brownie managed to create trail systems on the 12 acres of our home’s property. He was a lucky dog to roam free and we were a blessed family.
Most thru-hikers do not hike alone. Usually there is a loved one, friend, or relative that is cheering them on from home, sending food and equipment resupplies, and money. My husband, Dan is that guy. He is cheerfully sending packages on time, changing and adding what is in the the boxes, and adding goodies and notes of encouragement. Brownie was my husband’s companion and always stood by his side. This summer Brownie is gone while I am away. Hard stuff to handle.
I want to send love, encouragement, and thanks to my husband and all that are being that “person” for a thru-hiker. And I want to thank Brownie for being an example to me on how to live fully and die gracefully. Happy trails old friend. You are missed.