There's always a lot of fun people at festivals and you really never know who you are going to meet. Levi introduced me to one of those people when we were at the Blues & Brews Festival in Telluride. It went something like this; "Dan this is Hawkeye". The thoughts of the guy from that old series M*A*S*H popped into my mind and I was thinking that maybe he was a Doctor or something like the character in the show. Well it turns out that this "Hawkeye" is way more interesting and I wanted to give you the chance to get to know a little about him and his story. Let's just say that he is an awesome guy on the first introduction and I get the feeling any followup interactions would be just as enjoyable - that being said....after I heard his story, I thought more about "Run Forest Run" from the Forest Gump movie - Hawkeye loves to hike. Read his story below and if you are inclined, maybe you can kick a couple of coins to the cause he supports through his efforts. (It says on his website that "100% money raised benefits TASP; TASP is a 501(3)c non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible".)
By the way, he is 1 of only a couple of people in the world to be able claim the title of "Triple Crown Hiker" and in the near future he was telling me that he will be a "Double Triple Crown" for doing it twice! The "Triple Crown" is – 7,400 miles through 22 states - on the 3 U.S. National Park Scenic Trails. (Pacific Crest – 2,645-miles from Mexico to Canada, Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail - reportedly more than 1,000,000 feet up uphill climb when all assents combined)
Triple Crown long distance hiker, Hawkeye Johnson, prepares for another 3,000 mile, 5 month backpacking journey on the Continental Divide Trail, from Mexico to Canada, in an effort to raise money for TASP, the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program. TASP is a non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing educational and recreational opportunities that develope life skills and personal growth.
I have been involved with TASP for the past 7 years as a blind guide and ski/snowboard Instructor. My journey will begin on April 27th, 2007 on the Mexican border in New Mexico. I will hike north to Telluride, Colorado and spend a week promoting the hike at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in late June. I will rejoin the trail at the Canadian border in Montana and hike south back to Telluride. I hope to raise money by pledges per mile and donations. I will post a journal with pictures on this page so that anyone interested may track my progress.
Have Fun....go hiking! Maybe you will bump into Hawkeye :)