I hardly knew Brandon when I took him on his first backpacking trip in November of 2015. I think we hiked only 7 miles in total that weekend, but hey - that's a start!
After dating for a few months, we attempted to hike the John Muir Trail northbound in July of 2016. We decided to exit early about 100 miles in. We talked about going back on, but time went by and it just didn't work out.
Two years later, Brandon is finishing what we started. On Monday, he began a 175-mile walk from Kearsarge Pass to Yosemite Valley -- alone.
I am so proud of him. I love him so much, and I can't wait to see him next week!