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  • hiker3791
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    There were at least three of us from central NY. Two of us have been here four of the years and one for the last two years. Hopefully we will be there next year. It’s a great event.

    hiker3791
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    in reply to: Tecumseh #53032

    Yes, we were there in 2004. We hoped to see you on Garfield last year or on Tecumseh this year. We may stop at the KOA after the hike for a little bit. We’d love to see you again. we really enjoyed your company that day.

    hiker3791
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    in reply to: Tecumseh #53030

    We should be there by 11:30. We will fly the flag from 12:00 to 2:00. Hope to see you there.

    hiker3791
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    Thanks to all for organizing, Planning and carrying out this event. It truly is amazing when so many of the participants are from near and far, all ages and abilities and most don’t even know each other. Great job.

    hiker3791
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    Two of us spent about 35-40 for two dinners and a few beers for Marty and soda for me. They must have done some business. They were running out of beer.

    hiker3791
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    We also want to say what a great job everybody did. It is really awesome that something like this could get organized and carried out. We are so glad we got to participate. We were on Garfield a couple of years ago and this year our pole was much better. We are already planning on improving on next year’s Thanks to you guys for all the work you did preparing for this. It was nicer than ever.

    hiker3791
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    in reply to: Tecumseh #50196

    It was a beautiful day for a hike, wasn’t it? We (my husband, Marty and myself) took the Mt. Tecumseh trail and arrived at an empty summit. But I have to admit, it was a much nicer summit than I remembered. (I later heard someone else say that the summit was under rated in the guide.) Just as we were raising our flag our first visitors arrived, a woman and her dog. We finished, put up our sign and the journals and sat down to reflect. I actually thought of that day that changed our world twice on the way up when I heard airplanes. That day pulled Americans together and this event is a fitting remembrance because it also does that. Two hikers from Massachusetts came with small flags waving and said they were there to support us. They stayed almost the entire two hours and we enjoyed their company a lot. Other groups came and went and the time went quickly. Many of us had binoculars and looked for flags on other peaks. I only saw one the Tripyramids. People offered to help whenever they thought it was needed. It ended too quickly. But everyone at the Mooseland was great (hikers usually are, don’t you agree). The staff did seem totally unprepared for the crowd. The pens, name tags and shirts were all great touchs. I look forward to doing it all again next year. Sue

    hiker3791
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    The day couldn’t have been more perfect for the event. My husband and I actually made it to the summit of Garfield about an hour early, we were so anxious to be on time. We had a 5′ x 8′ flag and aluminum poles about 8 or 9 foot high. The first thing we saw was a loop fastened to the foundation of the fire tower and the flag pole would fit right in it!! We thought we had it made. The wind proved to be a bit much for the poles and we thought they would snap. Other hikers already on the summit tried to help us figure something out. We met two men who had just finished the 48 and they were very nice and tried so hard to help. We finally decided the two of us would just take turns holding it. This sounds easier than it was as the wind really whipped it and sometimes it would wrap around us. But it turned out great because as other hikers came over and read the mission statement I had printed and put in a plastic frame, they began to ask if they could give us a break and hold it. One said he would be honored. It was rewarding to see everyone feel part of that great experience and wasn’t solidarity what it was all about? I don’t know how we would have done it without all the wonderful people. Aren’t hikers great? We made it the two hours with no problems. People thanked us and no one seemed to have anything but positive things to say. Most of the people we saw had heard about the event before. We really enjoyed the group at the Inn afterwards. All wanted to share stories. Thanks for letting us be part of this and thanks to all who organized it.

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