Four men. Zero jobs. One goal. Well, one goal with two parts.
Beginning in March 2011, our hardy band will be marching overland from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail. For each mile of treacherous, orc-infested wild we traverse (and there are many) we are asking YOU, dear reader, to pledge a critical donation to the Mufindi Highlands Orphans Project.
What is the Mufindi Highlands Orphans Project? In formal terms, the Project is a humanitarian effort to provide relief to thousands of children in central Tanzania whose parents have perished in the region's ongoing AIDS epidemic. In more basic terms, the Project describes a school, six dormitories and an AIDS testing clinic for the people of Mufindi -- all critical pieces of infrastructure that did not exist five years ago.
The next step in a better way of life for the good people of the Mufindi region is a full service hospital. Work has begun on this project (Mdabulo General Hospital) already, but more help is needed.
Donation information is plentifully supplied throughout the site (albeit tastefully, we hope). Moreso than in any other part of the world, every little bit in Mufindi helps. Please check back, spread the word, tell your friends. Top donors will be brought back a pet bear.
Mike "Hollywood" Healy - Harpooner Erik "Boots" Christensen - Navigationist Christopher "Danger" Mendrala - Sergeant at Arms James "Gower" Gower - Quartermaster Katherine "Kate" Gales - Information Officer
All great organizations throughout history have employed a delicate balance of human capital, diverse in talents and personae. The Roman army, Ghengis Khan’s unstoppable hordes, the 1927 New York Yankees — all these storied teams of days gone by serve as models for the Hospital Hike Expedition as its members attempt to cover the rocky ground of uncertainty from Mt. Springer to the Hundred-Mile Wilderness.
In covering the Trail’s 2,175-odd miles, your brave expeditioneers will (hopefully) learn a thing or two about surviving in the wilds of Appalachia and — myabe, just maybe — about themselves as well.
Mike “Hollywood” Healy, Harpooneer
An accomplished wanderer from the Central Lands, Harpooner Healy brings a grizzled demeanor and “Never Surrender” attitude to the Hospital Hike squadron.
Mr. Healy also adds impressive bipedal experience to our operation, having never owned an automobile and reportedly slept peacefully in a Chicago municipal garbage can for a period in 2001.
As Harpoonist, Healy will be accountable for the coordinated defense of the Expedition from all threats, foreign and domestic, as well as procuring any swords, boomerangs and/or power-ups the troupe encounters along the way. If this old warrior’s legendary throwing arm is known for anything, it is its uncanny accuracy.
Log entries under Harpoonist Healy’s name may be found under the tag EMH.
Erik “Boots, himself” Christensen, Navigationist
Erik “Boots, himself” Christensen joins the expedition from the the
his homelands in the frozen north. Having spent a better part of the
past three years in Tanzania, often uncertain of where he was going
but rarely lost, Christensen’s primary resopnsibility will be as chief
navigator. As part of his duties, he’ll make sure the team stays on
(or only slightly behind) schedule.
When asked how he’ll keep the team motivated, Mr Christensen replied “Well, I know there is some saying about honey and vinegar but Quartermaster Gower said we won’t be carrying either of those so I’ll probably just tell the fellas to go a little bit faster.”
Log entries under Christensen’s name may be found under the tag Boots (himself).
C. Danger Mendrala, Sergeant-at-Arms
Born and raised amidst the islands off the coast of Savannah GA, Danger is always looking for new challenges and adventures. He first developed a fondness for walking after repeatedly and often getting too intoxicated to operate a vehicle and blazing trails home from bars. Wal-mart will sell you a machete at 3 am regardless of how “tired” you look.
As Sergeant-at-Arms, Danger will be responsible for the health and well being of everyones arms. He plans on doing this by reminding his trailmates what things not to touch.
James “Gower” Gower, Quartermaster
James “Gower” Gower was raised within walking distance of the trail in the Mid-Atlantic (not to be confused with the middle of the Atlantic). He grew up with a respect for the challenges of the outdoors and a tolerance of weird-hiker-types. That said, he brings close to zero experience backpacking long distances. In spite of this, he’s volunteered to be the group’s Quartermaster.
As Quartermaster, he is responsible for keeping the group equipped and supplied. He brings to the expedition invaluable skills, such as usually remembering to eat enough food and not normally forgetting his keys. Also, he will use his professional background to amaze and inform fellow hikers with the finer points of water and wastewater treatment. He looks forward to the challenge of hiking the trail. Maybe, by the end, he’ll think of a way to put this in his re’sume’. (editor’s note, I can’t figure out how to use accented french e’s for re’sume’)