Everyone knew of his hiking plan, of course, and there were a fair number of jokes about the Trail and what he's about to experience. Even the cake was Appalachian Trail-inspired! No, my mom did not make it, but there were a lot of tiny details that are reminiscent of what my mom does on her cakes, too.
Most of all, it was wonderful that our entire family was there to honor my dad. How are we going to get through the next 5 months without him?
(For those of you interested in following his hike, he will be blogging at hankontheAT.com.)