Ron Brown became a friend when we did a story on Georgia's Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia.
That's where Ron maintains the iconic book signed by would-be Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers as they begin the trek to nearby Springer Mountain -- where the AT adventure ensues.
Ron's love of ... and devotion to ... the AT doesn't end when he punches out. That's when he puts on his halo and/or cape and transforms himself from Mild Mannered Ranger into a Trail Angel.
This time, however, we have someone else lined up to tell Ron's tale: Michelle Hiskey, a freelance writer and writing coach from Atlanta. She bills herself as:
"Columnist Michelle Hiskey is a veteran writer whose stories of recovery and redemption bridge unexpected places and people across Atlanta. She has freelanced for CNN.com, NCAA.org, ESPN.com, the New York Times and several nonprofits. She currently writes for the Georgia State University Foundation." Michelle also worked at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 22 years. She can be reached at michelle.hiskey@gmail.
Her recent story and photographs on Ron Brown were far better than we could compose. Michelle kindly agreed to allow us to share a link to her memorable work. We trust you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Appalachian Trail shuttle drivers provide a valuable service getting hikers to the Trail, around closures and off the Trail, where and when they need them.
Shuttles to the Appalachian Trail can be amazingly handy. Largely because no one else wants to drop us off at Springer Mountain at 4 AM.
Published Mar 29, 2016. Appalachian Trail Conservancy CEO Ron Tipton graciously responded to news of a permit to be required for some hikers in Baxter State Park.
Published Apr 14, 2016. An Appalachian Trail Angel had some trouble on the Trail. Her encounter shook her up and rallied her friends to her defense. Her response was perfect.
Published Mar 12, 2015. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy worked to prohibit a casino along the AT in the Sterling Forest. The Schaghticokes in Connecticut might want a bingo hall.