Thursday, February 24


Grandma Gatewood (1888 - 1973) was the first woman to hike the 2,168 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.  She did it at the age of 67 in 1955 wearing Keds sneakers and carrying only an army blanket, raincoat, and one change of clothes--all in a handmade over-the-shoulder sack.  A model for packing light.   She decided to hike the trail after reading an article in National Geographic, thinking "it would be a nice lark." 

What a sport.  Also, quite a testament to the comfort and durability of Keds.   My pair of red Keds are going on their sixth summer of hot asphalt, creek algae, saltwater and sand.  An upstanding sneaker, really.

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