Dedicated to a loved Spirit who has walked along in our lives

Christopher E. Douglass

August 25, 1979 - May 31, 2008
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Co-founder of Small World Treks, Chris lived an amazing and full life. His adventurous nature found him ever searching for that next wondrous trek whether it was in his backyard or driving cross-country. Born in Maine, Chris realized quickly his need for traveling and adventure. Often He and Glen would find themselves in precarious situations many miles from safety wondering why they had thrown caution to the wind so quickly.

Chris started running in 2006, completing four marathons and one ultra-marathon in his first year. After developing some injuries that kept him from running he decided that walking was to be the next adventure. He planned to walk across the country, from Colorado to Maine, along the way speaking with people about Small World Treks. Chris wanted to show people that adventure is always just around the corner and those willing to look, will easily find it. Chris had the wonderful ability to connect with people on a very personal level. Friends and family are always eager to share their stories and memories. Chris was also becoming a talented & avid writer. Many of Chris' stories can be found throughout the pages of Small World Treks.

On May 31st, 2008, Chris Douglass
was to kick off the launch of SmallWorldTreks.net by walking from Bellvue, Colorado to the top of Tumbledown Mountain in Weld, Maine. In order to make it to his destination in time to enjoy the legendary New England Fall foliage he will have covered an average of 30 miles each day!

The trip would have taken Chris from Colorado into Wyoming and Nebraska, across the wind swept plains of South Dakota, along the lake dotted landscape of Minnesota into Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From there he planned to cross the Canadian border for a trek around the Georgian Bay, along Lake Ontario’s northern shore and back into the States via New York’s Adirondack Mountains. After a week of hiking through the Adirondacks, Chris wanted to hop onto the ferry and cross Lake Champlain to Burlington, Vermont for an order of Nectars’ famous gravy fries before embarking on the final leg of the trip, an early autumn stroll through Vermont, New Hampshire and Chris’ home state, Maine.

The journey was to end on the top of Tumbledown Mountain, a mountain Chris has hiked more times than he could count, in all seasons. After a dip in Tumbledown Pond (weather not withstanding) and a visit to the site where his favorite dog’s ashes were spread years ago, Chris planned to take a week or two off to relax among family and friends and then get on to the business of planning his next adventure.
 

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