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Minnesota native Joanna Swanson backpacks 1,600 mile Great Eastern Trail

The Great Eastern Trail is a new 1,600-mile trail from Flagg Mountain in Alabama to the Finger Lakes of New York, roughly parallel to the Appalachian Trail.  This trail was first thru-hiked last year by Joanna Swanson, who will be sharing the challenges and rewards of navigating the young trail.

Tales of wildlife encounters, snowstorm camping, and "trail magic" will be shared, along with photos that showcase the beauty of the east.

Although Minnesota does not have a 1,600 mile long trail, Jo Swanson crossed the BWCA Kekekabic Trail with BWAC team last October and wrote about her experience (yet to be posted on  Below:  Jo Swanson (with BWAC Vice president Brian Fournier in background) on the Kekekabic Trail.  She is still smiling - it's the first day of three days on the KEK.

 Keep on trekking, Jo!              copyright Martin Kubik  (c) 2013

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  • Susan P.

    Jo, Thank you for telling us your story. You are brave and persistent. Even the Skittles affair couldn't sink you. As one who hikes solo, I also very much appreciated how well you articulated why you hike and how it connects you to others. Your closing photo montage of some of the many people who helped you on your way was inspiring. Making me think!

    April 18, 2014

  • Henry T.

    One of the best well worth the drive and time!

    April 18, 2014

  • Martin K.

    Great presentation Jo! You are a wonderful story teller and have a great sense of humor. Keep on hiking!

    April 18, 2014

  • Henry T.

    Too much going on this week. Just can't make it.

    April 13, 2014

    • Brian F.

      Retired life is just so dad tells me that too.

      April 15, 2014

    • Martin K.

      yeah, too bad you are not working, you would have time to attend :-)

      April 16, 2014

  • Jo

    I should probably show up. Thanks for posting this, Martin!

    March 24, 2014

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