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Daniel's turning 25. He's not early-twenties anymore. I still am though, so bring it on.

I thought I was the math guy and he you are correcting me. Guess my IQ still has a way to go to get back to the good old days. :-)

I don't think I'd have the stamina to do it, but I can certainly see the appeal of a trip like that!

Has your son read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson? It's an entertaining read about a couple of guys hiking the Appalachian Trail - definitely recommended if he hasn't!

For sure! And I loved it, too! My wife and I love to hike but we are completely happy with day hikes - - no camping out, thank you!

I can't speak to hiking the AT, but this experience reminds me of my 19 year old daughter going to work on an organic farm in Costa Rica for 2 months. She was estatic. I was terrified! In the end, it was a great experience for her. However, I'm not sure if I'll ever get used to that sort of letting go - well, maybe when she's 40. :)

I live 1.5 hours from the start of the AT and I am anxiously awaiting his reports from the trail (I hope those are planned!) About transitioning from parent to mentor coach - I appreciate your comments here. I think I still have too many opinions that I verbalized without being asked (parent). I would like to find some comfort in letting them live their own lives and me interjecting where needed and where asked (mentor/coach). This is tougher than I thought. Keep your tips and insights coming!!

Perry and Rafael - thanks so much for the comments. Sounds like we are all living through this parental transition. This weekend was the discussion of what cell phone to get so he can tweet along the way. My absolutely brilliant (did I say brilliant?) suggestion that he get a personal GPS tracker was tossed aside like the hammer that was tossed into the screen in the Apple Big Brother commercial years ago. Keeping.. my... mouth.. shut....

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