Definately gonna read your blog. I am hoping to do a thru hike with my son when he graduates highschool. Call it a right of passage, a moment (albeit a long moment) to confirm that he is now a man and all that that entails. Girls are definately easier communicate their value (dinner dates and promise rings...12 guage shotguns). Boys need a little more tribal ceremony; a little more blood and dirt to make the values stick.
Pulling for ya...praying for ya.