The conversations of a Seattle coffee shop sounded a bit like this a few weeks ago, “Did you hear about a guy hiking in wedding dresses?”
That’s how Dano Beal, a second grade teacher at Lafayette Elementary in Seattle, heard about Ron Ulrich, the man behind Hiking 26, an adventure driven by dreams. Ulrich plans on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail next year - a 2,600-mile trail in 26 weeks - while wearing 26 wedding dresses through out the trip.
“In my class, we’ve been talking about following your dreams no matter how silly they are. People may not have the same dreams as you. His dream resonated with me,” Beal said.
Beal teaches gifted and talented students. He decided to bring Ulrich’s dream to his classroom and see what his students thought.
“We talked about goals that you have to prepare for in advance. I told them about this guy and they were very intrigued,” Beal said. He continued, “We watched his videos online and they wanted to let him know that his idea was fun and different.”
Shortly after, Ulrich received a bundle of letters from Beal’s students in support of his plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.