So much has happened since I originally created this website back in 2001.
Leisa and I are still married, and are adding to our family once again. In April of 2005, we will welcome our 7th child, and 5th son, into the world. We have yet to decide on a name, and will let you know as soon as we decide.
In 2004, I fell some 300 miles short of my goal to hike the 2,170+ mile Appalachian Trail. I ended the hike on November 7, 2004 after hiking 1,865 miles. I plan to return to the trail, where I left off in Pennsylvania, to complete the remaining miles, and finish what I set out to do in 2004: Become the first above-the-knee amputee to hike entire Appalachian Trail.
A book is currently being written about my trail experience. However, it isn't just limited to the trail, as it will cover most of my life's experiences. It will be a biography of sorts, and will be marketed and sold primarily in the Christian Bookstore market.
There have been many books written about the Appalachian Trail by other hikers, and many aren't the kinds of books that would be suitable for family reading. I am hoping that my book will be one that a family could sit down and read together. As of yet, the book is untitled. I had wanted to call it Best Foot Forward, but I learned that I really don't have a say as to what the title is. I can only hope and pray that whatever publisher picks it up will choose a title that I will be proud of.
It's been a very humbling, yet honoring, experience to know that others are interested in what I have to say. I have really enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends along the way. I pray that I have the opprotunity in the future to share my story and meet more people in the process.