I am no expert with animation but I did figure out how to do what I wanted...
I got a free, open source screen recording program
that I used.
I took a print screen off of google maps--the terrain view--- of the first portion of my hike (I think it was from Comers Creek to Old Orchard shelter). I then pasted my picture into Photoshop (or whatever photo editing software you have). Once in Photoshop, I just recorded myself drawing a line on the trail. It kind of sucked and it took some trial and error getting the video to to be smooth enough but it worked out great. In the end I just traced it REALLY slow and then sped it up in post production when I stuck it into Vegas Video. Pretty low tech approach but I will be doing more of it so I should get better at it.
The screen recording software I used is located here
Sorry it wasn't the simple flash based program you were looking for Turk but it worked for me. I can see a few other uses for it as well...
Good call on giving thanks to the wife too Shug. She is a trooper! When I leave for a trip, she is stuck at home with all 4 kids...AND we home school
AND we have a new born!
She will be coming with me to Mt Rogers though. I wonder if she is going to be the only girl there?
P.S. Great job on your latest video Turk!