Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
Adventure Tourism: Hiker Ready to Follow in Daniel Boone’s Footsteps
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Michigan native Curtis Penix is making plans to complete the entire Boone Trace beginning this March. Following in the footsteps of pioneer Daniel Boone, Penix will hike over 200 miles on his 16-day adventure.
Penix will begin his journey March 10 on Long Island in the Holston River near Kingsport, Tennessee. This is the same site where Boone’s party left in March 1775. Some of the original route blazed by Boone’s party is no longer available due to development. By partnering with local organizations, including the Friends of the Boone Trace, Penix has been able to plan and identify the most historically accurate route for his hike.
He will be joined by Givan Fox in Martin’s Station, Virginia, and from there the two will travel together through the Cumberland Gap and on to Fort Boonesborough near Richmond, Kentucky. Givan Fox is the son of Dr. John Fox, who serves as president of the Friends of Boone Trace.
Boone’s Trace and the Cumberland Gap served as the gateway for settlers, including Penix’s ancestor Joshua Penix. Joshua Penix helped to establish Fort Boonesborough as a permanent settlement in 1779.
Curtis Penix is an experienced hiker and outdoorsman and plans to travel with a minimal amount of gear, food and supplies, much like his ancestor did over 200 years ago. Unlike Joshua, Curtis will be traveling with a GPS unit and other modern communication devices. Through these devices, Penix will keep track of his journey with regular blog and social media posts.
His website, http://www.lostinthewander.com/blog-2/, will feature daily blogs as well as prepared posts about the number of historic sites he will visit along his hike. Visit the Lost in the Wander website to learn more about Penix and this undertaking. Visit www.boonetrace1775.com to learn more about the Friends of Boone Trace Inc.
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