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Honoring Jenny Bennett September 22, 2015

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This blog entry is by Peter Bennett, Jenny’s brother.

After the hike up Lester Prong, I drove Jenny’s car to Sylva North Carolina. I was able to find new homes for most of her belongings and packed the remainder into the car.

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The red Subaru parked on a street in Sylva.

Then I drove north to Arlington Virginia where we grew up.

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The house on 3rd street where we lived. It has been remodeled, but the brick is still original.

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Glencarlyn Park is right next to the house. These are the woods where we played and explored.

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I found a private spot in the woods behind the house and spread some of Jenny’s ashes.

Leaving Arlington I drove north to visit my other sister Betsy in Massachusetts. We had a good visit and reconnected with each other. Once our time together was complete, I drove north up through Vermont and then over to New Hampshire and the White Mountains.

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Mount Jefferson is where Jenny and I had one of our hiking adventures. On that trip many years ago we got lost in the fog on top and had to yell back and forth to keep from getting separated as we descended the mountain.  I arrived at the Caps Ridge trail head about 5:00 PM and prepared Jenny’s pack for the ascent.

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I found a granite ledge with a great view just as the sun was starting to set. I spent the night on the ledge under the stars.

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I got up at first light and continued the hike. Looking out to the valley there were patches of fog in the low lying areas.

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The trail was steep and rocky in many places. Just the kind of hiking Jenny loved so much.

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Scrambling up the rocks with a frame back pack was not easy, but with Jenny’s trusty hiking pole I was able to keep going.

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Trail sign near the top.

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Jenny’s backpack and hiking pole on the top of Mt Jefferson.  Mt Adams is in the background. When Jenny married Chris Hebb they had a second ceremony on top of Mt Adams that I witnessed.

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Mt Washington is near by.

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I found a spot away from the trails and scattered more of Jenny’s ashes. She had climbed all these mountains many times and I knew she would want to have a final resting place here.

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Descending the ridge from Mt Jefferson.

I felt it was important to honor Jenny by scattering her cremains at these important places in her life. Her life was full of adventure and the hikes to her final resting spots were the kinds of challenges that she enjoyed the most.

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1. Kent Hackendy - September 22, 2015

You are honoring Jenny’s remarkable spirit well, Peter. Thank you for sharing these tributes with us. I love and miss her so much!

2. Dana Bee - September 23, 2015

Peter, I hope your heart is mending as you go along this journey.

nonny24 - September 23, 2015

Peter, what a wonderful way to honor and pay tribute to Jenny’s life. Thanks so much for sharing these precious memories Prayers for peace and healing.

3. beckyson25 - September 23, 2015

This is a beautiful tribute! Sending many prayers for your family as your healing continues.

4. beckyson25 - September 23, 2015

This is a beautiful tribute to your sister! Sending many prayers to you and your family.

5. Jeff G. - September 23, 2015

Thanks for keeping us up to date. I always smile when I see “Endless Streams and Forests” in my email inbox. Each new one was/is always a bonus. I would love it if Jenny’s blog would stay online as a tribute to her. I will miss her greatly.

6. spangler2013 - September 24, 2015

Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute Peter. If you find yourself back in TN, please plan to hike with Jenny’s many friends in the SMHC.

7. Elaine C. - September 25, 2015

Thank you, Peter, for sharing this final journey. What a labor of love you have completed. It means so much to have shared with us the final stops and the signifiicance of those places. We will remember Jenny Bennett!

8. Rick Stevenson - September 27, 2015

Peter, I live in NH and commented in June when I read here of Jenny’s passing. I used to work with Jenny in Dover NH and loved to talk hiking with her!
I read this post on 9/22, and two nights before that I had decided that I would be hiking Mt. Jefferson via Caps Ridge on Sat. 9/26. I went yesterday, and quickly found the exact spot of your sixth photo above, where you put Jenny’s pack in the photo and slept there. I explained the story to my friend, took a photo of the same spot, and we did a moment of silence right there in memory of Jenny.
Coincidence? Not sure, but I was thrilled to be able to pay tribute to your sister and only less than a week after you’d done so yourself. And the tribute you paid seems absolutely perfect!
Rick S.

9. Gary Howell - September 28, 2015

Peter, Thanks for sharing this. Gary

10. Jim Cornelius - October 3, 2015

Thank you.


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