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Nancy DeJong: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Nancy DeJong Central patch + Michigan, Mackinac Bridge, and 1000 Miles When I was a child, my dad loved to hike and backpack, and did it with my brothers. I knew he liked to hike on the North Country Trail, was a member of the Association, and got their magazine. I have some of his […]

Elizabeth Root: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Elizabeth Root Central patch + Michigan, Pennsylvania, Mackinac Bridge, and 1000 Miles Stepping cautiously across the grated portion of the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day 2016,  I wondered why my daughter would drag me up here to walk the five miles across the Straits. As I was handed my certificate of completion for the Bridge […]

Beau Swanson: NCNST Long Distance Hiker

Beau Swanson Central patch + Michigan, Mackinac Bridge, and 1000 Miles Three years ago I found myself overweight, unhappy, and just starting my road of sobriety. (I’m three years clean now.) I wanted more out of life and was looking for purpose, something bigger than myself. I was already starting to walk daily and got […]