Givan Fox, left, and Curtis Penix are hiking Boone Trace, the 200-mile path Daniel Boone and his crew blazed through the Cumberland Gap to Central Kentucky in March 1775. Penix's 5th-great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, took the path to Fort Boonesborough in 1779. The men are working with Friends of Boone Trace, a non-profit group that hopes to re-establish much of the long-forgotten route as a recreational trail. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com
Givan Fox, left, and Curtis Penix are hiking Boone Trace, the 200-mile path Daniel Boone and his crew blazed through the Cumberland Gap to Central Kentucky in March 1775. Penix's 5th-great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, took the path to Fort Boonesborough in 1779. The men are working with Friends of Boone Trace, a non-profit group that hopes to re-establish much of the long-forgotten route as a recreational trail. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com Herald-Leader
Givan Fox, left, and Curtis Penix are hiking Boone Trace, the 200-mile path Daniel Boone and his crew blazed through the Cumberland Gap to Central Kentucky in March 1775. Penix's 5th-great-grandfather, Joshua Penix, took the path to Fort Boonesborough in 1779. The men are working with Friends of Boone Trace, a non-profit group that hopes to re-establish much of the long-forgotten route as a recreational trail. Photo by Tom Eblen | teblen@herald-leader.com Herald-Leader

Tom Eblen: Backpackers walking in the footsteps of Daniel Boone

March 21, 2015 07:33 PM

UPDATED March 22, 2015 06:21 AM

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.