Wednesday August 30, 2006 saw the the pleasant opportunitiy to hike to Mt Chocorua with 8 wonderful people. Maggie, Bonnie, HikerAmiga, Lisa, Adam, Bob and Pete played hookey from work to join together for a hump day hike. It was the usual perfect day to hike, with moderate temps, little wind, and no bugs. The 360 degree views were once again spectacular and we enjoyed fine fellowship within our group and with the others on the trail, and on the summit. After the hike went to Traunt's Tavern in Woodstock for a big dinner, to enjoy their food, and for more great fellowship.

As I'm hiking daily these days, I don't have time for any trip reports, let alone a full one. I must relate that this hike is dedicated to Todd. Now for the unexpected! Just as the tree line ended before summiting, one of the beautiful women, Maggie an RN, stopped to relate the following stunning details of why *she* joined the hike: Three years ago her husband was killed in the Iraq war. Chocorua was their last hike together. They were married only 7 months. September 1 is the anniversary.

I've honored another fallen hero by posting a tribute to Maggie and Todd on the Fallen Heroes Memorial site. One may read more of the details there. God Bless America!!