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Superior Hero Tales – Mary and Ben Stephens

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Superior Hero Tales – Mary and Ben Stephens

Each month, we honor a few of the many the many hikers, runners, volunteers, members, donors and others who personify the generosity, good will, commitment, good humor, hard work and passion that sustains the Superior Hiking Trail and the Association that takes care of it. These features are our…

July’s Superior Hero Tale:

A chance encounter between SHTA board member Amy Brooks and a woman who’d lost her hiking stick in the Caribou River leads us to nominate the owner of that lost pole — Mary Stephens — as a Superior Hero.

Mary and Ben Stephens finding peace in the outdoors.

In the flurry of excitement over the lost stick, which Amy rescued from the river, Mary mentioned that she and her husband Ben have included the Superior Hiking Trail Association in their will.

Mary calls Amy the hero for rescuing her pole, but we appreciate the foresight that Ben and Mary have shown in making an enduring contribution to the SHTA.

“Since 1984,” Mary says, “we have extensively explored the SHT. We have our favorite places and we hold the memories in our heart.” Ben suffered a stroke in 2016 and that has hampered their hiking. Nonetheless, she reports, “we have found several ways to get back into the woods, where we find so much peace and joy.”

We’re glad one heroic act — Amy’s pole rescue — led to learning about Mary and Ben’s heroic act of contributing to the future success of the SHT.

Have a hero for the Trail you’d like to nominate? Let us know using this form

Would you like to leave a legacy for the Trail by including the SHTA in your will? Contact development and communications director Jaron Cramer at jcramer@superiorhiking.org.