I knew Don long before he created Excihiking. During and after college we hiked mountains in the Adirondacks together, and then Don decided we should do something different! He took me, my newlywed wife, her sister and boyfriend to Peekamoose Mountain in the Catskills. The hike and camping was enjoyed by all of us. Don planned out our route, the sights we would see, and the camp ground where we stayed.
My sister-in-law still remembers the trip as one of her favorite experiences. And sure enough that boyfriend is now her husband of 33 years and father of her children! I guess Don could put matchmaker on his resume too!
I haven’t done an Excihiking adventure because distance separates me and Don. But I know he does not approach any hike without thorough preparation. And his enthusiasm about hiking and being out in nature is sure to rub off on anyone!