Hello Everyone!

This is Katie, Smilin’ Joe’s fiance and I am writing on his behalf. I just wanted to give you all a quick update!

He is in MAINE!!! Woooohoooooo!

As some of you have heard, Joe’s phone has officially broken. It got wet and never came back to life. (Hopefully all of his pictures from his adventure can be recovered!)

I spoke with Joe yesterday and all is well! He should be done with the AT it two weeks or so, which is pretty amazing! He has been flying along and I couldn’t be more proud of him!

Joe has told me so many things that it is hard for me to remember everything exactly as he said it, but I I will try my best…

He LOVED the Whites! He said that they were the most amazing thing on the whole trail! While cruzin’ through the Whites, he was able to stay at these huts where he did “work-for-stays.” This was a pretty amazing deal, because it saved him a ton of money and he loved it! He met tons of great people at those huts and got the chance to eat some super fantastic food!

After the Whites, he made it to Mt. Washington (see picture above), which if you didn’t know, has one of the most crazily (if that is a word) reported weather, like, ever! Winds have been recorded at 231mph! He thankfully made it over that mountain safely. 🙂 He was also able to speak about thru-hiking at this one hut, for upwards of 90 people. For those of you who know Joe, he loves to talk about hiking, gear, and everything else that goes along with it, any chance he gets. After this, he basically became a hiker celebrity with everyone who stayed at that hut. Everyone thought it was the coolest thing, that he had basically hiked the whole AT!

If you are ever in Rangeley, ME, eat at this place! Joe says it’s pretty legit!

He wanted me to let y’all know, that is in need of a bit of financial support to get him through the next couple weeks. If anyone can help, even if it is $5, that would be wonderful! He could use money for food, transportation back to Florida, and a new phone! Donations can be given through PayPal. Joe’s email is [email protected].

Well, that is all I have for now. When I hear from Joe again, I will try to update you!

~Katie 😀


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