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I wish I could have written about Bill Irwin on a happier occasion. I read his book years ago and still treasure my copy signed both by Irwin and his guide dog, Orient.

Irwin passed away earlier this month of prostate cancer. At the age of 50, he was the first blind man to traverse the entire 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. His story as a recovering alcoholic looking for faith in God was an inspiration to many across the country.

First blind man to hike 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail
The Washington Post Sunday
Mar 16 2014

As he walked the length of the Appalachian Trail for eight months in 1990, Bill Irwin estimated that he fell thousands of times. He cracked his ribs and suffered from hypothermia as he climbed mountains and forded rivers. The pads he wore didn’t…read more…

Online: Bill Irwin dies at 73; first blind hiker of Appalachian Trail

IFSA blog 11.15.13 1


I’m going to go ahead and call Monteverde the ziplining capital of Costa Rica. Absolutely incredible. Plus, some waterfall rappelling is quite the workout.

For those of you who don’t have permission to see my Facebook (sorry), I posted plenty of the pictures from some of my more recent trips to:

And you can now view ALL my pictures from Costa Rica on my dedicated photography page on IFSA-Butler’s blog. With finals around the corner, captioning every photo is not a luxury I have. However, if you have questions, comment here, or comment on a specific photo. I’d love to answer them.