Okay, it’s not really a wallet, just a small plastic bag. In it I keep some cash, my driver’s license, military i.d., credit card, ATM card, and a photograph of Shorty Jordan.
Shorty and his wife, Marlene, were close friends of the Princess’s parents and I got to know him when I started dating the Princess.
A couple of months before I started this hike Marlene contacted me to let me know that Shorty had always wanted to hike the AT but never had the chance. I offered to carry a photo of Shorty with me on my hike and Marlene sent me this photo of Shorty on the beach (see below).
Shorty was a great guy with a terrific sense oh humor. I’ve heard some really good Shorty stories from Memaw, the Princess’ mother.
Anyway, I’m honored to be doing this hike with Shorty and when I get to Mount Katahdin, the end of the trail in Maine, I’ll build a little memorial with rocks and leave Shorty’s photo there.